Tuesday, 21 Sep 2021

Elon Musk granted permission to build huge Starlink satellite base in UK

Elon Musk's satellite internet service Starlink has been approved for a ground station on the Isle of Man.

The move is part of the billionaire's plan to deliver broadband internet around the world, using thousands of satellites.

The ground station will be the corporation's third base in the UK and will feature a large dish that will send and receive data transmissions.

Starlink, which already has bases in Cornwall and Buckinghamshire is an off-shoot division of the billionaire's aerospace manufacturing giant SpaceX.

The parent company that is based in California has already launched more than 800 satellites into orbit.

Telecom analysts said competition for satellite broadband could help drive down the price for consumers, according to the BBC.

The Department for Enterprise (DfE) claims the infrastructure was "already being commissioned on the island" and it was "excellent to see this project moving to the next stage".

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The company has been working with local operator BlueWave Communications, the DfE confirmed.

Sue Strang of the Communications and Utilities Regulatory Authority added the extra service would most benefit those living in rural areas who have very poor connectivity.

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She said: "Starlink will potentially add more choice and switching options for consumers in the already competitive broadband market."

There are currently 11 licensed operators on the island, including Mantis and Optifi.

The DfE said the venture would "enable the deployment of satellite broadband services on-island and further afield".

It also said the licensing of the island's available spectrum would provide "more choice for local consumers" and had the "potential for further jobs within the island's telecoms sector."

In other SpaceX news, Elon Musk ended his 15-year feud with Jeff Bezos as he wished him luck before a rocket launch.

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