Starlink coverage map: Where can I get the internet service in Australia?
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Despite opening up to more customers, those interested in Starlink will be looking at extended wait times on their order, with some estimates from the company’s website listing 2023 as the time of delivery.
For some areas right now, you won’t be covered by a Starlink connection, although it can be difficult to find exactly where the service reaches without inputting your exact address on the site.
Unfortunately Starlink doesn’t provide its own coverage map but there are a few unofficial maps available that allow you to view the company’s satellite locations and serviced areas, as per below.
More on Starlink coverage and connections
Starlink conducted its beta stage throughout New South Wales and northern Victoria, and is slowly expanding its coverage across the rest of the country.
With its current satellites, Starlink relies on the use of ground stations that act as gateways to transfer signals into people’s home antennas. To connect to a Starlink satellite, customers need to have a ground station within 500 miles of their home and the company will only allow connections to the service if your address meets that criteria.
For now, the company operates ground stations throughout New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
Starlink is working on a number of new satellites that use lasers to connect, which would allow connection without a ground station. For now, the company says the required tech is too expensive to deploy but will be looking to roll it out in future generations of its satellites.
Although Starlink’s primary focus is bringing fast internet to rural and remote areas that traditionally aren’t able to access higher speeds, the company allows orders from any eligible location, including major cities and population hubs.
The close range of its satellites means Starlink’s broadband is quicker and more responsive than traditional satellite broadband, with users seeing speeds of up to 200mbps. SpaceX-founder Elon Musk claims the service will see a jump in speed up to 300mbps later this year.
Whether Starlink will see speeds quite that high is yet to be seen, but the company has proven that their lower-orbit satellites are able to provide fast, low-latency connections to those who have signed on so far.
For those that aren’t interested in waiting until Starlink expands to their area, there are other satellite broadband options available in Australia or a number of alternatives for those who can’t access traditional wired internet.
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