starlink internet australia

Living and working in rural Australia and having good internet connectivity have often not been mutually exclusive concepts. 

Luckily, times have changed!

Thanks to the recent advances in satellite technology, people who live in a rural property in Australia – even in the most remote areas – may now access what city dwellers take for granted – a decent, reliable, and fast internet connection. 

And let’s face it, very often, you don’t have to travel too far from Adelaide to experience a poorer connection.

While satellite technology for internet and mobile phone connectivity has been around for a while, it’s fair to say that Starlink Internet – operated by Elon Musk’s SpaceX – has been a game changer!

What is Starlink internet connection?

Simply put, Starlink relies on an antenna placed on the roof to send and receive signals from satellites that are somewhere up in space! In other others, it does not rely on cabling infrastructure – such as the National Broadband Network or NBN.

While this may sound futuristic, satellite technology has been around for many years. 

What is different about Starlink is that their satellites are placed a lot closer to the Earth (about 65 times closer) – leading to higher speeds and more reliability compared to traditional providers. 


Starlink Availability and Installation

Starlink is now available all over Australia. 

While DIY kits are available, Starlink installation can be tricky and best left to professionals. In fact, while Starlink Internet attracts excellent reviews, most of the bad reviews are due to self-installation issues. 

Our Starlink Installation services in South Australia include site assessment (to find out the ideal positioning, angle and mounting height), the actual installation (with all the drilling, mounting and router connection), and, to conclude, all the testing (to make sure all is working fine). 

In other words, Starlink Internet is quite technical and it also presents safety risks – after all, it involves the installation of the antenna on a roof – that is best carried by trained (and fully insured) professionals. 

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What are the costs associated with Starlink?

Starlink attracts an upfront cost for a router and satellite dish. After that, there are monthly fees for the service. Unlike other providers, Starlink has a flat fee for unlimited usage. You can contact us for more information on Starlink. 

It’s also worth noting that when Elon Musk launched Starlink, his vision was to bring internet connectivity to all parts of the world – including the most remote ones. He is also committed to making it as affordable as possible for everyone and hopes to bring the prices down in the near future.

Starlink Internet is also a well-worth investment as good internet access can significantly increase the market value of a rural property in Australia. Likewise, poor internet connectivity can bring the value of your property down.

Startlink vs NBN Satellite 

In Australia, NBN is also a provider of satellite internet. 

It’s often hard to compare these too as, while they both provide internet connectivity, they are actually quite different. Let’s see what stands out as the main differences:

Cost: Starlink has a higher setup and monthly costs.  

Speed: Starlink is generally faster (max speed of 200Mbps vs 25Mbps for NBN satellite)

Data: Starlink offers unlimited data 24/7. With NBN, it depends on the plan, but usually, there are caps and distinctions between peak and off-peak.

Why is the Internet important for rural and remote living?

It’s hard to imagine a world without the Internet! 

For rural and remote communities in Australia, there’s often the need to travel impossibly long distances to access essential services. The internet made it possible for people to see a doctor via telehealth appointments or made it possible for children to access online distance education. 

One can almost argue that the Internet is even more important in these areas!

Final Thoughts

Internet satellite and, more specifically, Starlink has been a game changer for rural communities outside of major cities where cable-based Internet infrastructure is widely available. The advantages of installing Starlink are numerous: fast speed, reliability, unlimited data, and a good investment likely to lead to an increase in your property’s value. 

Call us today for more information on Starlink installation