Originally Posted by listermint
They're not but how and ever. All about the Elon train. Choo Choo Choo.
Are you seriously suggesting that Cork city is north of 52 degrees, or that no suitable backhaul is available there? Cmon, surely you know better.
Next thing you'll be suggesting you know how to hack the quantum internet.
On a general note it is nonsense to suggest that Starlink will be less effective in rural Ireland than in other jurisdictions. The substantive issue is just how effective that is. Given the very limited information available on the Starlink architecture, there are at least two areas of concern: latency and throughput.
Latency will be impacted by the routing in the space and land segments and by any processing/buffering. The original proposal was to use free space lasers for direct inter-satellite links. Reports suggest that this will require significant hardware upgrades, so may not be available for some time. If this report is correct, multiple Satellite - Earth Station hops may be required. This would impact latency, substantially.
The bigger concern is throughout - i.e. how many users can be accommodated simultaneously, at what "speed". This is entirely in the hands of Starlink and won't be known until service parameters are published. It is possible that they would offer different products, at different price points.