Depending on where you live you may have won or lost the Australian NBN internet speed lottery, and considering it’s basically up to the same government who ruined the original roll out to fix it lets just say we’re not optimistic. But perhaps there’s hope on the horizon, or should we say hope in the horizon.
The Australia telecommunication regulator the Australian Communication and Media Authority has added Elon Musk’s Space X Starlink satellite network to the list of companies that are allowed to operate over Australia Airspace.
For those unaware of what Starlink is, Space X is planning on launching a network of 7518 low earth orbit satellites that will encompass the globe and bath us all in high speed, low latency ubiquitous internet, at least that’s the plan. To date they have 242 operational satellites in orbit.
Now before you cut off your sub par NBN and call Elon to hook you up, just know there aren’t actually any operational satellites over Australia, yet. With regulatory approval being given though it opens the way to Australia having satellites deployed before the 2021 expected time frame for the completion of the network.