Starlink terminals deployed in Ukraine

Michael Thomas mike at
Tue Mar 1 00:41:57 UTC 2022

On 2/28/22 4:29 PM, Karl Auer wrote:
> On Mon, 2022-02-28 at 16:17 -0800, Michael Thomas wrote:
>> As a practical matter how does this help? You need to have base
>> stations/dishes, right?
> Anyone with a dish and power can connect to the Internet. That's it.
> If a dish owner chooses to allow too many people to share their uplink,
> then they will run into capacity problems - the Starlink systems are
> designed more for households than towns.
> There are beefy uplinks, but they are Starlink's, not consumer-owned.
> Without them, Starlink would be an isolated network.
> Here in rural Oz I know quite a few people who are early adopters of
> Starlink and they have been very happy with it. Of course, as the
> network starts supporting millions instead of thousands, that may
> change. And I'm guessing the number of beefy uplinks will increase,
> though they would I imagine be placed in stable geopolitical areas.

That was my intuition. It might help strategic locations but won't be a 
panacea. And of course this could be the mother of all success disasters 
were there to be enough dishes.


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