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Starlink: Elon Musk's satellites to beam high-speed broadband to remote areas of UK in government trial

Starlink: Elon Musk's satellites to beam high-speed broadband to remote areas of UK in government trial

Three locations will have the equipment installed to begin with, allowing them to link up to the satellites and access broadband 10 times faster than previously available.

Elon Musk's Starlink satellites will be used in a UK government trial aimed at helping remote areas of the country get high-speed internet connections.

Three locations will have the equipment installed to begin with, allowing them to link up to the satellites and access broadband 10 times faster than previously available.

The technology allows broadband signals to be beamed down to Earth, in places where there is limited infrastructure on the ground, or it would expensive or difficult to put in.

Starlink boss Elon Musk.

Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire Moors National Park, Wasdale Head in the Lake District and two sites in Snowdonia National Park, including an outdoor activity centre, will be involved in the trial.

"High-speed broadband beamed to Earth from space could be the answer to the connectivity issues suffered by people in premises stuck in the digital slow lane," said Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan.

"These trials aim to find a solution to the prohibitively high cost of rolling out cables to far-flung locations."

Starlink satellites can deliver internet speeds of up to 200 megabits per second (Mbps) - four times faster than the current UK average broadband speed of just over 50Mbps - according to the government, citing recent tests.

The government will begin with Starlink because of "the readiness and availability of its technology".

But it said it was also talking to other provider, such as British satellite company OneWeb, about their possible involvement.
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Starlink already has hundreds of thousands of internet users in around 40 countries.

Following the trial, ministers will consider the viability of using satellite technology to connect "very hard to reach" locations.

These are the less than 1% of sites too difficult to upgrade using expensive physical cables, such as small islands or mountainous areas.

Starlink was activated over Ukraine following the Russian invasion in February this year.

Billionaire Musk's system has provided Kyiv with thousands of terminals, allowing Ukrainians to connect to the internet in places out of reach of the domestic system.

Last month, the world's richest man, who also heads up Twitter and Tesla, indicated his SpaceX company will continue funding its Starlink internet service in the war-ravaged country, a day after the 51-year-old tycoon said he couldn't fund the project.

Along with the satellite trial, the UK government has announced a contract, worth more than £100m, with Northern Ireland-based provider Fibrus to build gigabit-capable broadband connections for up to 60,000 rural homes and businesses in Cumbria.

It is the largest contract so far as part of the government's £5bn Project Gigabit scheme to roll out faster internet to all parts of the UK.

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