In just under a year, SpaceX will be launching its much anticipated Starlink satellite-based internet service. This new high speed wireless broadband system to rely on the more than 12000 satellites in orbit around Earth and promises speeds up to 150 Mbps with no caps or throttling for $99/month. The company has launched two test versions of prototype satellites so far and hopes to launch 180 operational units into space by 2020 as part of their phased approach plan that eventually includes nearly 11 thousand spacecraft!
A few days ago, SpaceX announced their plans to launch a satellite network that will provide worldwide internet coverage. This announcement sparked mixed reactions from the public with some being excited for the prospect of having access to free internet and others skeptical about its potential consequences on privacy. But what does this mean for people in Bahrain? At the moment, there is no information available about how much it would cost an individual or organization to subscribe to Starlink’s service as well as what devices are compatible with it. It is also unclear if Starlink will be able to work alongside other ISPs like Al Jazeera or Batelco. I hope this blog post provides insight into where we stand at present time and helps you make your decision on whether or not you want this.
What is Starlink?
How fast is Starlink satellite internet in Bahrain?
If you’ve ever wished for speedier internet speeds, Starlink might be your answer. The company promises 50–150 Mbps download and 16 upload with an average latency of 39 ms, but so far the beta testers have been getting 104/16 in their tests — a little below what was promised. But hey! At least they’re meeting expectations. Matching up what the company promised to actual results shows that Starlink is on track with their service launch.
How much will Starlink internet cost in Bahrain?
The Starlink site advertises an equipment cost of $499 for the phased array antenna and router, with a monthly price of only $99.17 But don’t be fooled– at first glance this may seem like it’s more expensive than the original guesstimate cost but when you break down what they’re offering to just internet service alone (without TV or phone) then that sounds more reasonable! It ranges from about $30-$150 per month depending on your location type which is much better priced than some other providers who charge upwards towards even two times as much!!
How to sign up for the Starlink beta in Bahrain
The Starlink beta is now open to the public, and more invites are going out this year. So if you want a chance for early access sign up on their site with your email address and home address. If an area does not have service yet then it’s possible to preorder the internet by putting down $99 as a deposit that can be refunded at any time before they start installing in 2020!