SpaceX says its British rival is trying to slow down Starlink’s super-fast internet access for consumers

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17 oct 2021 00:12 GMT

Starlink already provides a limited service in the UK, while OneWeb is testing theirs ahead of the planned launch later this year.

SpaceX has accused its British rival OneWeb to seek to slow down the deployment of satellite Internet services developed to fill the gaps in global broadband coverage.

Elon Musk’s aerospace company has also told the Office of Communications (Ofcom) that the British regulator’s proposals to boost cooperation between competitors could cause delays in the arrival of super-fast Internet service from Starlink that would be available to even the most remote rural households, informs The Daily Telegraph.

Rivals Amazon and OneWeb accuse Space X of disrespecting competition rules and try to circumvent regulatory control.

OneWeb, rescued last year by London with $ 500 million in taxpayer funds, urges SpaceX to come to the negotiating table amid fears that the project’s thousands of satellites will interfere with the service of the British firm, which demands priority in the sector for having a license from international regulators, provided by the International Telecommunications Union, before the US company.

“Ofcom should ensure that any new process prevents operators from trying abuse the regulatory process, and that it does not impede or otherwise slow down the deployment of broadband services to consumers, “said Musk’s company.

Starlink already provides a limited service in the UK, while OneWeb is testing theirs ahead of the planned launch later this year.

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