Telstra has partnered with Starlink to become the first provider in the world to offer voice and broadband services through the satellite system to rural and remote customers in Australia.
Starlink has a network of LEO (low earth orbit) satellites that can offer high speed internet anywhere on the globe.
The benefit of LEO satellites is that they are much closer to earth and can send and receive signals faster than traditional satellites making them a great option for providing backhaul to mobile networks and other services.
Starlink will be able to offer users in remote areas with a range of services like voice and video calls and fast broadband connectivity that’s received through a satellite dish on their roof.
Telstra says the Starlink agreement is part of Telstra ‘s T25 strategy commitment to put a satellite product with voice and broadband options in place and make them available to consumer and business customers.
“Telstra is always looking to invest in new and better connectivity options for our customers,” says Telstra CEO Vicky Brady.
“We know that collaborating with the right partners is one of the best ways to help unlock a digital future, in this case for people in rural and remote Australia looking for an improved voice or broadband service.
“Our teams have been out across the country testing and trialling Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite technology to ensure we understand where it’s the best solution for our consumer and business customers.
“What will set our offer apart is the addition of Telstra voice service, a professional install option and the ability to get local help with your set up if needed.”
Pricing and device details will be announced by Telstra in late 2023.
Currently, rural customers can purchase the Starlink satellite dish and modem for $199 with monthly plans offering speeds over 100Mbps for $130 a month.