Posted by Jason Cartwright
February 9, 2021
Elon Musk’s SpaceX order page for Starlink went live today and we now have a date for availability in Australia.
After entering an Australian address, the Starlink website shows a target date for coverage in mid to late 2021. Availability will be limited, so if you’re keen, you better be fast. Orders will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis.
To connect to the low-earth orbit satellite service, you’ll need a satellite dish that automatically self configures when you power it on. The dish costs A$709.00 with a monthly internet plan of A$139pm. We have now confirmed these are Australian dollars, shown on the receipt once you place an order.
Right now, the service is in beta, and while SpaceX are officially committing to a service that delivers data speeds between 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms, early beta users are reporting speeds of 100Mbps+.
Having another way to get internet in Australia (including regional and rural locations), raises the issue of competition with the NBN. While the NBN offer