In early 2019, SpaceX received approval to launch 12,000 satellites into space to build a low earth orbit network of satellites, enabling the company to sell home Internet. Now SpaceX has put up over 100 satellites as it works to build out its network for a launch later this year. Ever since the announcement though many have wondered how fast the service will be. Now, thanks to Elon Musk, we have a rough idea.
“It will be a pretty good experience because it’ll be very low latency,” Elon Musk said in a Q&A session at the Satellite 2020 conference speaking about using SpaceX internet for gaming. “We’re targeting latency below 20 milliseconds, so somebody could play a fast-response video game at a competitive level, like that’s the threshold for the latency.”
If SpaceX can offer speeds for gaming, they could easily offer speeds for streaming. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and more don’t require nearly the speed or latency that gaming needs.
How much will SpaceX Internet service cost? We still don’t know for sure, but earlier at a SXSW conference, Musk said it would be “low cost.” Exactly how low is unknown, but reports are that SpaceX hopes to make its Internet service extremely competitive. SpaceX also plans to offer high speed Internet in North America sometime in early 2020.
SpaceX is not the only company working on a new home Internet service. Amazon and others are also working to launch satellites to offer high speed Internet. Soon you may have several new options for home Internet.
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