ATHENS – Greece's communication companies, slow to provide faster Internet access, will find themselves tested early in 2021 when high-tech business leader Elon Musk said his space company SpaceX will make broadband service available.
That would be through its Starlink, said Kathimerini, reporting the company has communicated with the Hellenic Telecommunications and Posts Commission (EETT) and the Digital Governance Ministry to get a license to operate.
Internet speed is low in Greece, even in the capital, and not fully available everywhere without interruptions, which could make Starlink tempting despite costing 20 percent more.
But if offers 100 percent coverage with speeds up to 150MB/s although Greece's major carrier, OTE, has recently offered speeds up to 200 MB/s, with SpaceX likely to set off fierce competition for service.
Starlink satellites in space are essentially solar-powered wireless router.s and use phased-array antennas on the Earth-facing side to link to user terminals ground stations providing Internet services to groups on the ground.