Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, the US-based space transportation company, spoke about the Starlink project that the company launched with great hopes.
SpaceX’s broadband range of Starlink satellites is said to be low enough to start a new era in competitive online games and is too fast to have to think about internet speed. However, Elon Musk states that Starlink will not pose a major threat to telecommunications companies because it will not be good enough in high-populated areas.
Speaking at the Satellite 2020 conference, Musk said: “It will be a very good experience because there will be very low latency. We aim to keep the delay below 20 milliseconds so that someone can play a responsive video game at a competitive level. ” Musk also stated that the available bandwidth would be sufficient to support at least typical internet use in rural areas.
‘Starlink will help telecommunications companies’
Stating that 5G is more suitable for big cities, Musk said that Starlink is not as big a threat to telecommunication companies as he thought. Underlining that Starlink will be useful for these companies, contrary to what is believed, Musk also stated that at this point, Starlink will serve 3% or 4% customer segments that are not currently connected or whose connection quality is really bad.
Obviously, Musk is unlikely to give up deliberate income from large cities. At this point, the CEO may want to keep public expectations low until Starlink reaches enough capacity to serve effectively in large cities. There were statements that SpaceX was planning a global scope, including service to all the United States, which had been done before.
Mentioning the complaints that SpaceX satellites interfere with astronomical observations, Musk said, “I am sure that we will not cause any effect in astronomical discoveries. Zero. This is my guess. If it is above zero, we will take corrective action. ” The company CEO also added that they are working with astronomers to minimize the reflection potential of SpaceX satellites.