Satellite broadband provider fights to rid rural Britain of sluggish broadband

The Telegraph reports on the continued rollout of Elon Musk’s Starlink internet satellites that aim to reach remote areas

The technology could prove to be a solution to bridging Britain’s digital divide. The UK has one of the lowest rates of access to full-fibre internet in Europe, with just 21% of homes covered.

Only 80pc of rural homes have access to ‘superfast’ broadband - with speeds of 30 megabits per second or higher - compared to 97% of homes in urban areas.

The Starlink technology delivers broadband internet using a network of more than 1,800 satellites that beam signals to ground dishes on Earth.

In February, SpaceX said it had 10,000 users globally with a further 700,000 on the waiting list.

Starlink appears to have solved the issues of slow speed and inconsistent performance that have plagued satellite broadband.

Nonetheless, the report highlights how when setting up Starlink, early users say the signals can be interrupted by any kind of obstruction near the horizon, such as a house or trees.

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The Telegraph - Elon Musk fights to rid rural Britain of sluggish broadband in battle with BT
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