Starting in February 2022, Starlink will be offering a new level of service, primarily aimed at commercial and government customers. Dubbed Starlink Business (formerly Starlink Premium), the new service offers higher throughput, higher speeds, and priority support.
Starlink vs Starlink Business
Here are the key performance differences:
|Service Level||Latency||Download Speed||Upload Speed||Data Cap|
|Starlink||20-40 ms||50-200 mbps||10-20 mbps||No|
|Starlink Business||20-40 ms||100-350 mbps||10-40 mbps||No|
As you can see, the new service level offers 3 times the minimum download speed and double the minimum upload speed. The maximum download speed is double the standard kit.
The antenna in the Business kit is larger, offering more bandwidth for high demand users. This also means an upgraded power supply, router, cables, and base.
How much does Starlink Business cost?
Starlink Business has two cost factors to consider:
Customers will be charged $2,500 for the hardware kit.
The monthly service cost is $500/month.
Related: How much does regular Starlink cost?
Is it available everywhere?
Starlink Business is only available in select operating cells, just like with the standard service. Customers who have pre-ordered the standard kit are not able to obtain service faster by ordering the Business kit. Availability still remains a concern for potential Starlink customers. To check for service availability in your area, please visit the Starlink website.
Which service level should I pick?
If you are a business or government office without access to reliable, fast fixed broadband, Starlink Business can be a good solution. If you are a residential customer, it doesn’t offer much value. The new service costs 5 times as much as the standard service, but you don’t get 5 times the speed or reliability. The new service is clearly aimed at the business market. Individuals needing service at their home should pick the standard service.
When will it be available?
Starlink Business is available to order starting in February 2022 and deliveries will start in Q2 2022.
As of April 2022, Starlink has opened up orders for Starlink Business. Current orders are being shipped with the older, round dish. These older models will be upgraded for free when the new Business dish launches in Q3 2022.