Telstra teams up with Starlink

Satellite view of Australia
Pictured: Australia from space at night
// Starlink-powered Telstra plans are expected to launch later in the year
Alex Choros
Jul 03, 2023
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Published on July 02, 2023

Telstra has announced a partnership with Starlink that will allow it to sell home phone and home phone plus internet plans powered by the satellite service provider by the end of this year.

Telstra expects these plans to be available "late 2023" and will be available to those in rural and remote Australia. Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but Telstra currently charges $55 per month for a voice-only home phone plan delivered via the NBN, while Starlink charges $139 per month for its standard internet service.

Starlink plans do however have hefty hardware fees, of up to $924. These are currently discounted to $199 for those in select parts of rural Australia, and $599 for the rest.

Telstra also plans to offer business-grade Starlink plans with faster speeds.

The news follows Telstra announcing another satellite-based partnership with OneWeb. The OneWeb partnership is designed to upgrade parts of Telstra's regional mobile network, but will also allow it sell fixed broadband services similar to Starlink in the future.

Like Starlink, OneWeb uses Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. LEO satellites are closer to the earth than the satellites used for internet solutions like Sky Muster NBN, speed and latency are both better. The downside is that thousands of LEO satellites are needed to deliver internet, while traditional satellite internet solutions only use between one and four.

This story first appeared on our sister site WhistleOut Australia

Alex Choros
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Alex Choros
Alex Choros is the Group Reviews Editor for Clearlink Australia's local websites - Reviews.org, Safewise, and WhistleOut - and the Managing Editor for WhistleOut Australia. He's been writing about consumer technology for over eight years and is an expert on the Australian telco sector, to the point where he knows far too many phone and internet plans by heart. He also contributes to Gizmodo and Lifehacker, and makes regular appearances on 2GB. Outside of tech, Alex loves long hikes, red wine, and death metal.

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