Network agency gives the green light for satellite internet


In the future, broadband internet could come into households from space.

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Berlin The Federal Network Agency gives the green light for a satellite Internet service from the SpaceX subsidiary Starlink. “We have created the legal frequency requirements so that broadband Internet can be offered via satellite in Germany,” said Jochen Homann, President of the Federal Network Agency, on Friday. This is the first time. Due to the novelty of this satellite constellation, the frequency allocation is initially limited to one year in order to be able to make adjustments if necessary.

The US corporation Starlink, which became part of the space company SpaceX from TeslaFounder Elon Musk has now brought around 800 satellites into near-earth orbit, which are supposed to provide the Internet on earth. After the end of the expansion, Starlink plans to count more than 4,400 satellites. Starlink is already offering satellite internet in some US states in beta tests.

According to the Federal Network Agency, satellite-supported broadband Internet services are planned, as are secure VPN connections in the home office and remote access options. The latency times should be similar to those of terrestrial networks. The frequency allocation therefore contains regulations that ensure coexistence and interference-free operation with other applications in the same and adjacent frequency range, including directional radio, radio astronomy and geostationary satellite applications.

In addition to the frequency assignment for the satellite radio network, Starlink has received frequency assignments for several earth stations in Germany, which ensure the transition and connection to the Internet.

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