Elon Musk's Starlink has started operations in Greece. The company, a subsidiary of Space X, provides internet access through a network of low Earth orbit satellites (Low Earth Orbit-LEO).
After the JMC signed to create the regulatory framework of the standard antennas (satellite dishes) that are necessary for the satellite internet, the first orders of equipment in Greece began.
With Musk's services, virtually every part of Greece, no matter how remote or isolated, will now be able to have an internet connection.
As Musk has noted, Starlink targets areas outside of fixed and mobile network coverage.
This possibility is being instrumentalised by the Greek government in the context of the country's digital transition.
Με την ΚΥΑ που συνυπέγραψαν ο @th_livanios και ο @TagarasNikos εκσυγχρονίζουμε το θεσμικό πλαίσιο για την παροχή υπηρεσιών δορυφορικού Ίντερνετ.@KostasSkrekas @EETT_GR https://t.co/JMyvA8p6zD pic.twitter.com/g6M9flvH5s
— Kyriakos Pierrakakis (@Pierrakakis) November 1, 2021
Starlink had opened for months the pre-orders of its new service in various European countries, including Greece. The connection to the network requires equipment costing 499 euros and 61 euros shipping.
The fixed cost is set at 99 euros per month. Pre-ordering costs 99 euros, while there is the possibility of a full refund.
— Our man in Athens (@OurManInAthens) May 9, 2022
What is Starlink?
Musk's systems provides upgraded internet services in Greece with the satellite system. The SpaceX system consists of thousands of small low-orbit satellites, combined with ground-based transceivers that promise high-speed internet anywhere in the country.
Unlike the satellite internet provided today, Starlink promises a stable connection with high speeds and extremely low response time (latency). As Musk has noted, his satellite system targets areas outside of fixed and mobile network coverage.
The service was launched in the northern United States and Canada last year and now provides connectivity services to 70,000 customers in 12 countries.
Elon Musk's company has 1,500 satellites in operation with a goal of reaching a total of 12,000 in the coming years.