SpaceX’s Starlink Premium tier offers speeds of up to 500Mbps

Starlink Premium costs $2,500 for the antenna and $500 a month for the service

Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite internet service, is introducing a faster tier called Starlink Premium, which is aimed at “small offices, storefronts and super users around the world”.

First announced by SpaceX founder Elon Musk, the new offering features a larger, high-performance antenna and claims speeds between 150Mbps and 500Mbps (20ms to 40ms latency). For comparison, the standard tier offers speeds from 50Mbps to 250Mbps (20ms to 40ms latency). Premium also reportedly doubles upload speeds from 20 Mbps to 40 Mbps, compared to 10 Mbps to 20 Mbps for the standard tier. In addition to higher speeds, Starlink claims its Premium service will perform better in “extreme weather conditions“.

Starlink Premium tier

Premium customers will even have access to 24/7 support.

But those speeds and benefits don’t come for free. Naturally, Starlink Premium is priced at, well, very premium. The high-end tier costs $2,500 for the antenna and $500 per month for the service, while Starlink’s standard service is only $499 for the hardware and $99 per month. There is also a $500 deposit to reserve a Premium dish. You can expect deliveries to start in the second quarter of 2022.

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