A major revolution in the Greek telecommunications market is coming at the beginning of 2021 by an American businessman Elon Musk.
According to SpaceX, the space manufacturer and Musk’s satellite transportation services company, “Fast satellite internet will be provided to everyone in Greece, and it is expected that all Greek territory will be covered by satellite for SpaceX’s Starlink program during the first quarter of 2021.”
Executives at SpaceX and the Starlink Project are in contact with Greece’s National Communications and Post Commission, as well as the Greek Ministry of Digital Government, in order to obtain the necessary license and begin the process of replacing old Internet providers.
This big change in Greek telecommunications is also important for scientists, engineers, computer programmers and many other professionals in Greece, as many new and promising job opportunities with SpaceX are coming to the country.
SpaceX, NASA’s largest partner and supplier of aircraft, reported that “Starlink’s entry into the internet services market is expected to cause a major shock in the Greek telecoms market, although we expect it to be somewhat higher – estimated at around 20 % More expensive than current internet providers – it will provide 100% coverage to the Greek territory and bring speeds up to 150 Mbps. “
What does internet speed megabits per second mean?
The current internet speed in Greece ranges between 5-50 megabits per second (megabits per second), with 15 megabits per second being the average internet speed per household in the country. Specifically, this means that internet users with this speed in Mbps can enjoy various online activities that collectively reach 50 Mbps.
For example, playing games online (10Mbps), watching YouTube videos (5Mbps), messaging on Facebook on another device (5Mbps) and downloading a movie (10Mbps), all require together At least 30 Mbps, so browsers are at a fast pace, pages load quickly, and all internet activities run smoothly.
SpaceX satellite internet at 150Mbps – The fastest in the telecom market – It will allow Greek internet users to enjoy multiple online activities at the same time, from many devices, with super fast downloading and online game speeds, high quality 4K and 3D videos and many more.
Given that most of the country is still “ hostage ” to old infrastructure and thus low speeds, even in Athens, the impact of SpaceX’s latest internet technology will be significant for communications in Greece and the way companies operate.
Elon Musk’s move to bring Starlink to Greece would place the country at the top of the list of countries with the fastest internet in the world, alongside South Korea (which ranks first), followed by Norway, Singapore and Canada. , While the United States maintains 11The tenth UK position 14The tenth, Australia 43Research and development position. Greece currently holds 54The tenth A spot in the list of countries with the fastest internet in the world.
SpaceX will provide users in Greece satellite dishes – Similar to satellite televisions – This will allow them to communicate with the Starlink satellites in space.
Then, the Starlink satellites will, in turn, connect to a ground station in Greece, which will provide the entire country with the Internet. These earth stations, which are technically the backbone of the global internet and can be found in many countries around the world, are expected to be either in Nemea or in Thermopylae, Greece.
There are currently more than 800 Starlink satellites in orbit right now, all of which serve the United States and Canada, with several European countries, including Greece, close to joining SpaceX’s satellite internet in 2021.
More precisely, Starlink is a satellite system built by SpaceX to provide satellite internet and provide high speed broadband services. The entire SpaceX system consists of thousands of small satellites in low earth orbit, which operate in conjunction with ground-based transceivers (earth stations).
Development of Starlink began in 2015, with the first two satellites launched into orbit in February 2018.
A second pair of experimental satellites were sent into space in 2019, and the first massive satellite was launched in May 2019, with 60 working satellites launched into orbit simultaneously. The plans, designs and development of the Starlink project by SpaceX took about 10 years and cost more than US $ 10 billion.
Since the start of 2020, SpaceX has sent 60 satellites into space simultaneously, and plans to build a total of 1584 satellites to provide the global internet by the end of 2022.
In 2020, ELSTAT reported that eight out of ten households in Greece had internet access from their homes (80.4%), indicating a significant increase from 2010, when 73.3% of households use the internet.
This number is expected to grow by 2025 and covers the vast majority of remote villages and rural areas in Greece.
An average of at least two laptop / desktop and three to four smartphones have been reported in a Greek home. These numbers place Greece in the top 50 countries with the largest internet access and in the top 30 countries with the most internet-connected devices for every household.
Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, is one of the many business tycoons who decided to start new ventures in Greece in 2020, following Microsoft and Pfizer, among other big companies.
SpaceX claims that Starlink satellite internet in Greece will achieve the highest possible connection speeds, for now, which is three times faster than the maximum internet speeds provided by current service providers in many regions in Greece, even in Attica.
The Starlink team is currently working to build the necessary infrastructure in Greece, in addition to optical fibers and terrestrial satellite receiving stations, with plans to launch a new satellite internet in the country by April 2021.