Starlink satellite internet service is currently available to 500,000 people worldwide and now has a site in French. Signs of an imminent arrival in France?
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Starlink does not aim to replace a traditional Internet service, but rather to give certain people in remote areas access to a high-speed connection.
In the past few days, the satellite internet service page has been available in français whether it is at the level of description or pricing, which breaks down as follows:
- Material: 499 dollars (ouch 🙂
- 99 dollars / month
- 59 dollars for shipping costs
The least we can say is that it is “quite” expensive. In these conditions it is difficult to imagine who in France could benefit from it. Even knowing that fiber optic is far from being widely available (especially in the Paris region, which is pretty fun), it is not certain that the French tend to pay such amounts for internet access, even at high speed.
For now Starlink seems to offer bandwidth that averages 150 Mbps downstream (in North America).