Starlink Price in Canada, speeds, and coverage

Starlink Price in Canada, speeds, and coverage: The Starlink price in Canada is a C$140 monthly subscription with a one-time equipment fee of  C$759. The Starlink internet is unlimited and does not have a data limit. When you order, you get the full Starlink kit which includes the wifi router, cables, and base. (Similar post: All You Need To Know About The Starlink Business)

SpaceX has hiked up pricing for its satellite internet service, Starlink, in Canada across everything from equipment to monthly service — reports Tesla North.

Customer emails seen by the publication indicate the following revised pricing for Canada:

  • Starlink Kit for deposit holders – $699 CAD (was $649 CAD)
  • Starlink Kit for new orders – $759 CAD (was $649 CAD)
  • Starlink monthly service – $140 CAD (was $129 CAD)

Starlink is a high-speed broadband service from SpaceX that connects to a constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) and is designed to provide affordable internet at viable speeds anywhere and everywhere across the globe. The service was first launched in Canada back in November 2020.

FeatureDetails in Canada
Price$759 (was $649), $65 for shipping
Price for deposit holders$699 (was $649)
Monthly cost$140 (was $129)
Download speed (Mbps)50 to 150
Upload speed (Mbps)15 to 20
Monthly usageUnlimited
Latency (ms)20 to 40
UptimePoor to Good

Who is Starlink for in Canada?

The primary target market is Canadians living in rural and remote areas that have been consistently underserved by existing internet service providers across Canada and where internet access is unreliable or unavailable. The 41% of rural households who do not have access to 50/10 Mbps or better and the households who have “access” to those advertised speeds but in reality get low single-digits.

Some urban customers may be able to get the service, but since the system’s bandwidth is limited in each designated geographic area (or “cell”), they can’t accept too many customers in densely populated areas. The service is not intended to compete in areas with fiber internet and 5G. Elon Musk’s Starlink Is Licensed To Operate In Nigeria

How much does Starlink Canada cost?

In Canada, the cost of Starlink is $759 plus $65 shipping upfront for the hardware (total of $824 plus tax) and then $140 per month (no-contract) for unlimited internet. The Starlink Kit includes all of the necessary hardware including a dish, tripod, wifi router, power supply, and cables.

For comparison, a traditional satellite internet provider such as Xplornet charges $100 to $120 per month for a 25/5 Mbps connection near Erin, ON (population of a little over 10,000) and while there is no cap, you must sign up for a 1 to a 2-year term.

  • $115/m for 25/1 Xplornet in Frederickton, NB
  • $200/m for 25/5 Xplornet in northern MB
  • $120/m 25/5 Xplornet outside of London, ON

In more remote areas such as southern Labrador, the difference is even larger. For example, Bell is charging $120 per month for a DSL and the maximum you can receive is 6 down and 0.45 up. 

Starlink availability and coverage in Canada (2022)

“Starlink is available to a limited number of users per coverage area at this time. Orders will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis.” 

So they appear to only be approving orders if a) you’re in an area with coverage and b) the area isn’t over-subscribed based on the current capabilities of their network. Approving too many would cause congestion and lower speeds.

Starlink can provide internet service in a very specific range: between 44.9 and 51.8 degrees latitude (Minneapolis to Saskatoon). At this time, orders have not been filled for customers in Newfoundland, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, PEI, Quebec, or Yukon.

Starlink terminal Installation

Installing the Starlink Terminal (or ‘Dishy McFlatface’ as per the official installation guidelines) can be a straightforward DIY project – no contractor required. If you would rather not do it yourself and want a professional-quality permanent installation, any contractor experienced with satellite TV, TV antenna, or cell phone booster installation should be able to do it.

The dish is 11.6 lbs and about 19” in diameter. Its mast is 1.41″ outside diameter and has a 1/2″ hole about 2 inches up from the bottom of the pole. The 100 ft cable provided is hardwired into the dish for waterproofing purposes, but this can make running the cable challenge. The cable has a ferrite ring on it to reduce electromagnetic interference that’s 3/4” thick.

Use the app to find a place where it will have a line of sight to the northern sky with no obstructions.

Plan a route for the 100 ft cable to enter your home. Here are a few options:

  1. Through an existing hole.
  2. If you have roof vents, go up the roof vent. Ensure water cannot travel down the wire into the vent. Only go upwards into the vent with the cable.
  3. Through the soffit into the attic. Ensure you protect the cable from the sharp soffit if metal.
  4. Travel down the wall to the nearest point you can go through an existing hole in the wall.
  5. Drill a hole in the wall.

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