• cheap 5G coverage via Starlink

    From Andeddu@VERT/AMSTRAD to Ogg on Wed Jul 14 18:21:30 2021
    Re: cheap 5G coverage via Starlink
    By: Ogg to Andeddu on Tue Jul 13 2021 08:58 am

    Cheap is not a realistic adjective to describe Starlink. :D

    I qualified for an initial rollout of the Starlink gear at my
    home. But the upfront cost for the equipment was over $600,
    and the ongoing monthly was well over $100 too.

    There was no assurance that the equipment could be replaced
    economically should it sustain weather/electrical damage.
    Another $600 would be a big blow.

    I dunno.. but maybe being in the rural setting as I am now,
    doesn't need all the wizbang of high-speed internet when the
    the peace and beauty of the rural life-style is why I prefer
    this setting. A simple 4G phone (3G speeds) activated as a
    moble hotspot seems to be quite enough and far less expensive
    than a Starlink solution.

    Perhaps I was mislead when Musk stated that Starlink would provide cheap internet access to hundreds of millions of people in rural Africa.

    I agree, 3G is fine for 720p/540p video and basic web browsing as long as it's stable.

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  • From Arelor@VERT/PALANT to Andeddu on Thu Jul 15 08:33:11 2021
    Re: cheap 5G coverage via Starlink
    By: Andeddu to Ogg on Wed Jul 14 2021 06:21 pm

    Re: cheap 5G coverage via Starlink
    By: Ogg to Andeddu on Tue Jul 13 2021 08:58 am

    Cheap is not a realistic adjective to describe Starlink. :D

    I qualified for an initial rollout of the Starlink gear at my
    home. But the upfront cost for the equipment was over $600,
    and the ongoing monthly was well over $100 too.

    There was no assurance that the equipment could be replaced
    economically should it sustain weather/electrical damage.
    Another $600 would be a big blow.

    I dunno.. but maybe being in the rural setting as I am now,
    doesn't need all the wizbang of high-speed internet when the
    the peace and beauty of the rural life-style is why I prefer
    this setting. A simple 4G phone (3G speeds) activated as a
    moble hotspot seems to be quite enough and far less expensive
    than a Starlink solution.

    Perhaps I was mislead when Musk stated that Starlink would provide cheap internet access to hundreds of millions of people in rural Africa.

    I agree, 3G is fine for 720p/540p video and basic web browsing as long as it stable.


    It is the sort of thing that will be cheap when time comes.

    Also, if you can set an access point in a settlement in the middle of nowhere and grant 1 meg per user, it is a massive upgrade for people who had nothing before.

    Or, actually, a massive downgrade, because the Facebooks and Googles of this world will now start playing with their minds for their own goals...

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  • From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to Arelor on Thu Jul 15 20:13:00 2021
    Hello Arelor!

    ** On Thursday 15.07.21 - 08:33, Arelor wrote to Andeddu:

    By: Ogg to Andeddu on Tue Jul 13 2021 08:58 am

    Cheap is not a realistic adjective to describe Starlink.
    :D

    [...]

    There was no assurance that the equipment could be
    replaced economically should it sustain weather/electrical
    damage. Another $600 would be a big blow.

    I dunno.. but maybe being in the rural setting as I am
    now, doesn't need all the wizbang of high-speed internet
    when the the peace and beauty of the rural life-style is
    why I prefer this setting. A simple 4G phone (3G speeds)
    activated as a moble hotspot seems to be quite enough and
    far less expensive than a Starlink solution.

    It is the sort of thing that will be cheap when time comes.

    I doubt that Starlink will be marketed that way. I think its
    service will be treated as a premium service and therefore
    justify the high entry cost and ongoing monthly cost.

    Also, if you can set an access point in a settlement in the
    middle of nowhere and grant 1 meg per user, it is a massive
    upgrade for people who had nothing before.

    Or, actually, a massive downgrade, because the Facebooks
    and Googles of this world will now start playing with their
    minds for their own goals...

    Probably the latter. :/

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  • From Andeddu@VERT/AMSTRAD to Arelor on Sat Jul 17 03:09:55 2021
    Re: cheap 5G coverage via Starlink
    By: Arelor to Andeddu on Thu Jul 15 2021 08:33 am

    Also, if you can set an access point in a settlement in the middle of nowhere and grant 1 meg per user, it is a massive upgrade for people who had nothing before.

    Or, actually, a massive downgrade, because the Facebooks and Googles of this world will now start playing with their minds for their own goals...

    He probably meant that companies such as Google and Facebook would subsidize the cost of the equipment just to get these new people online to create a larger consumer base and also to harvest their information.

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