Now Reading: Elon Musk’s Starlink Internet May Soon be Arriving to Pakistan
Starlink, the satellite-based internet set up by SpaceX for global internet access will soon be available in Pakistan as well, reports say. As per details, several Pakistani users reserved the internet service from Starlink for their locations in Islamabad, which actually worked. That further prompted the users to pay for the service, indicating that it’s coming to Pakistan too.
One of the users shared said information in his tweet, which is as follows;
Got invited last night to reserve Starlink spot for services in Islamabad, Pakistan. I didn’t expect this to happen this soon. Starlink is coming to Pakistan! pic.twitter.com/6ViK4gC59V
— Hamad Dar (@HamadDar) February 26, 2021
For those unfamiliar, Starlink is a project that Elon Musk’s SpaceX began in 2015. By 2022, it hopes to have satellite internet available all over the world. This constellation will be made up of thousands of small satellites that will orbit the planet in low Earth orbit and communicate with ground-based transceivers. Some of the satellites will also be sold for military, scientific, and exploration purposes.
However, because these satellites are significantly smaller and more advanced than those used by other satellite internet providers, the promised connectivity and speeds are significantly higher. SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk, plans to use the Starlink constellation of satellites to provide high-speed internet connectivity. Once the satellite constellation is complete, the goal is to eventually offer up to 1Gbps internet speeds and global coverage with a relatively low latency of up to 25ms.
Starlink aims to provide all of this for only $80 per month, which may seem high by Pakistani standards, but it is more than reasonable given the promised speeds of several hundred megabits per second and its unmatched quality. As previously stated, Starlink claims global availability by 2022, so we can expect to see it in Pakistan and other countries around the world by then.
It’s also worth noting that Starlink’s reservation system is only open to invited guests and is not available to the general public. Only those who apply for the pre-order are placed on a waiting list, and they will be contacted with an invitation later.
Also, keep in mind that this is all conjecture based on evidence spotted by multiple people. It’s possible that beta testing will not take place in Pakistan anytime soon, and that plans to officially launch in the country will be cancelled. As a result, it is better that this information be taken with a grain of salt.
If it does come to the country, the Starlink kit gets you a phased-arrayed’ satellite dish, a tripod and a Wi-Fi router. The Starlink app will be available to download for iPhone and Android phones to determine the best install location at your home or office. A satellite internet system could help bring connectivity to areas where wired broadband is still unavailable, or where coverage is patchy due to distance or terrain.
Even in metro cities and Tier-1 and Tier-2 towns, the Starlink satellite broadband service could pose a serious threat to the country’s fibre and wired broadband providers, as well as a slew of smaller broadband providers whose service areas are often limited to specific regions.
This isn’t available in every part of the country yet either and only a few users have received the emails mentioned earlier, so be patient and don’t be super disappointed if you don’t see it. In the time being, you can try placing an order for yourself at Starlink’s website.