January 28th, 2022 | Rural Broadband by Gravity
We purchased and reviewed the Starlink connection and thoroughly examined the dish, connection speeds, and reliability among other aspects. During our tests, we came across some pros and cons of the connection. Starlink looks like it will be a great connection for some New Zealander’s, but it is not for everyone.
As New Zealand’s premier Satellite Internet Provider we pride ourselves on keeping up to date with changes to the industry as well as new products and new players in the market.
Earlier this year we shared our thoughts on one of the most hotly anticipated new players. We examined the important factors for those considering Starlink as their Internet Service Provider, highlighting aspects that often get buried in the T&Cs and tech-speak.
Since receiving and testing our very own Starlink connection and would like to share with you our experiences, both positive and negative to continue to educate rural NZ on the internet options available to them. As with our previous post, we will be keeping things as objective and neutral as possible. Gravity is passionate about rural and remote Kiwi’s being connected and getting the best service they can afford.
Firstly, we must say that as with any Satellite Internet connection it is all about your “line of sight”. This is either a direct line from your satellite dish to a stationary satellite (a service like Gravity connects to a geo-stationary satellite in orbit) or in Starlink’s case a broader “field of vision” to be able to connect with the hundreds of satellites they have in low-earth orbit (LEO) around the planet. Starlink recommends 100 degrees of clear sky above the location of the Satellite dish to ensure an optimum connection for speeds and uptime.
The observations below are based on our Starlink installation having no obstructions at any time of the day or night, so the results we see are as good as we believe are achievable.
In conclusion, having reviewed the Starlink connection for several weeks now, we’ve been impressed with how the unit has performed to date. There are some red flags that may be of concern around the performance, but what we see today is sharp. The cons that we raised when we reviewed Starlink and what it meant for rural New Zealanders are still very relevant and should be strongly considered. Assuming that Starlink can stay in business, we think it will be a very good solution for a portion of the rural & remote population of New Zealand – and that can only be a good thing.
For those of you who are looking for a reliable alternative that is locally owned and operated with local Customer Support and plans which are much more affordable, starting at half of the $160 per month Starlink connections are (Gravity has plans from as little as $20 per week) then please get in touch with one of our friendly Gravity staff who would be happy to speak with you further about Starlink or Gravity and are well versed in the rural internet connectivity options offered around the country.