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On Thursday, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized SpaceX, the company of business magnate Elon Musk, to provide satellite internet access to moving vehicles such as planes, ships and trucks. Now, commercial airlines and cruise lines can offer travelers the Internet service of this company, Starlink.
FCC International Bureau Chief Tom Sullivan said, “Allowing a new class of [customer] terminals for SpaceX’s satellite system will expand the range of broadband capabilities to meet the growing demands of users who now require connectivity on the go, whether driving an RV across the country, move cargo from Europe to a US port or on a domestic voyage or international flight.
This is great news for companies in the travel industry who want to offer this service to their customers and those who already provide Starlink satellite internet. A few weeks ago, Hawaiian Airlines had already announced the introduction of Starlink internet service and Royal Caribbean recently became the first cruise line to request the service.
Companies already offering SpaceX internet service are experiencing limitations in the United States. In a recent Royal Caribbean blog post, it was explained: “Before you can expect to get super-fast wifi on a Royal Caribbean ship, the FCC must approve the technology because, at this time, Starlink does not is not permitted on moving vehicles.”
But now that the FCC has approved the service for use, travelers can expect better internet connectivity. SpaceX has been waiting for an answer since March and now has the green light. However, the US agency imposed a few conditions that SpaceX had to agree to such as “interference received from current and future authorized services” and other conditions and requirements.
Very soon, travelers will start enjoying this blazing internet connection during flights and on cruises. Hawaiian Airlines will provide the service for free next year on all of its 42 planes – the entire fleet including Airbus A330s, A321neos and Boeing 787 Dreamliners – and Royal Caribbean has already started testing Starlink on its Freedom of the Seas ship.
Travelers will have high-speed Internet access via satellite everywhere
SpaceX’s satellite coverage provides service in 36 countries. Since 2019, the company has already launched 2,700 satellites into low-to-medium Earth orbit for low latency and fast speed. The company is already used by more than 400,000 users.
Now that this satellite internet service has been approved for use on the go, users will be able to enjoy high-speed internet connections anywhere in the world.
Royal Caribbean Group Vice President, Operational Excellence John Maya said in a letter to the FCC: “Working with SpaceX Services, Inc., we believe we have identified a true next-generation solution for our ships that meets the rigorous technical and operational requirements commensurate with our growth plans.
The cruise line has already outfitted its Freedom of the Seas ship with satellite dishes, Starlink’s Dishy McFlatfaces, to provide guests with internet through its Voom wifi service – prices currently range from $17.99 per day to $32.99 per day. day with streaming options. According to information provided by Crew Center, the cruise line’s Internet service is expected to increase significantly: from 3-5 Mbps to 50-250 Mbps.
Hawaiian Airlines, on the other hand, will offer its customers free wifi service in 2023. As Beat of Hawaii reported, download speeds will go from 100 Mbps to 200 Mbps.
When the alliance was announced in April, Peter Ingram, President and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, said, “We’ve waited for technology to catch up with our high standards for customer experience, but it will be worth it. sadness. Our guests can expect fast, seamless, and free Wi-Fi to complement our award-winning Hawaiian hospitality on board.
Travelers will soon begin to take advantage of Starlink’s fast Internet connection, and since Hawaiian Airlines will be offering this service for free, many expect other cruise lines and airlines to follow suit.
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