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Price of Starlink in Quebec

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May 15 2023 6 minutes to read

Key takeaway

Jump directly to the price section of Starlink in Quebec. It consists of the cost of hardware and monthly service.

Starlink's benefits include coverage in rural and remote areas, fast speeds, and no long-term contracts.

Disadvantages of Starlink include the high upfront cost for hardware and potentially higher monthly fees than some traditional providers.

Starlink, the satellite internet service of SpaceX, has grown rapidly in recent years and now offers a viable alternative to traditional internet service providers, especially for rural areas or the chalet. In this article, we will explore the price of Starlink in Quebec and discuss the factors that impact rates.

Is Starlink available in Quebec?

Yes, Starlink is available everywhere in Quebec. As a satellite Internet service provider, Starlink offers coverage in most parts of the world, including rural and remote areas of Quebec. Interested users can check Starlink availability for their specific address on the Starlink website.

Carte géographique des disponibilités de starlink au Québec

The availability of Starlink in Quebec has been good news for many residents, especially those who live in areas where internet access options are limited or non-existent. Thanks to Starlink's constellation of low-orbit satellites, Internet users can enjoy a fast and reliable connection, even in places far from urban centers.

Coverage and performance

It should be noted that the performance of Starlink may vary depending on several factors, including geographic location and weather conditions. While coverage is generally good across Quebec, some areas may experience connection issues or slightly lower speeds than advertised.

However, performance can be improved by upgrading to Starlink's high-performance option, which offers faster speeds, better satellite connection capability, and greater resistance to extreme environments. For more information on available Starlink hardware options and their performance differences, please refer to the pricing section of this article.

Starlink cost calculation

The price of Starlink in Quebec consists of two main elements:

Material cost

The Starlink kit includes:

Type of material Price (CAD)
Standard Regular price $759 on sale at $350
High performance $3,170
Shipping and handling charges $50.00
Shipping time 1 to 2 weeks
Prices as of April 14, 2023 $459.90 ($350 + $50 + tax)

Starlink hardware comes in two options: Standard and High Performance.

Standard Option is ideal for residential users and everyday Internet applications. The Starlink Kit includes everything you need to get online in minutes.

High Performance Option is designed for demanding users, professional applications and users located in polar regions (latitudes above 60 degrees). It provides better speeds at high temperatures, connects to more satellites, and is more resilient to extreme environments. See the map below to identify the territories concerned.

Carte Starlink équipement standard versus haute performance

Monthly service cost

The cost of the monthly service depends on the type of hardware chosen. Here is a summary of the monthly fees associated with each option:

Option Price
Monthly internet fee $160.97/month ($140.00/mo + $20.97 tax)
Duration of the contract No contract, 30 day trial

Comparison of speeds and latency

Between Starlink and other technologies available in Quebec

Starlink is an increasingly popular option for Quebecers looking for a fast and reliable connection. To help you better understand how it compares to other technologies, here is an overview of speeds and latency.

Technology Download Speed Upload speed Latency
Starlink 50-150Mbps 20-40Mbps 20-40ms
Optical fiber up to 1 Gbps or more up to 1 Gbps or more <1-5ms
Cable 100-500Mbps 10-50Mbps 10-20ms
ADSL 5-50Mbps 0.5-10Mbps 20-70ms

This table summarizes the download and upload speeds as well as the latency for the different internet technologies available in Quebec. Starlink offers impressive speeds and relatively low latency compared to other options.

Government subsidies for Starlink services

As of April 7, 2022, the Government of Quebec has offered a subsidy of up to $750 for eligible households who wish to subscribe to Starlink services. This grant is intended to help families living in remote areas that are poorly served by traditional internet providers to access quality services. Since April 13, 2023, the state has also provided financial assistance of $40 per month, to reduce monthly payments to $100/month. Eligible households must meet certain criteria:

Grant applications can be submitted online on the Government of Quebec website until June 15, 2025. For more information on eligibility criteria and the application process, please consult the Quebec government website.

Advantages and disadvantages of Starlink

It is essential to weigh the pros and cons of Starlink before making a decision. Here are some things to consider:

Advantages Disadvantages
Coverage in rural and remote areas High initial cost for hardware
Fast download and upload speeds Higher monthly fees than some traditional providers
No long term contract May be affected by weather conditions
Easy setup and configuration

Impact of Quebec's extreme weather on Starlink

Quebec is well known for its intense weather conditions, with harsh winters and heavy snowfall. You need to understand how Quebec weather can affect Starlink's performance and reliability.

Snow and ice

Snow and ice can sometimes accumulate on the Starlink satellite dish, which can temporarily degrade the connection. However, the Starlink antenna is designed to automatically heat up and melt any snow or ice that may accumulate there. This feature helps minimize service interruptions due to winter precipitation.

Strong winds and thunderstorms

Strong winds and thunderstorms can also affect Starlink's performance. The antennas are designed to withstand winds of up to 180 km/h, but extremely high winds could potentially cause problems. However, this should be a rare and isolated issue. Thunderstorms, on the other hand, can cause temporary interference in the connection, but these disturbances should be short-lived.

Extreme temperatures

Starlink equipment is designed to operate in a variety of climatic conditions, including extremely cold or hot temperatures. High Performance hardware is particularly suitable for harsh environments and can perform better in extreme weather conditions.

In conclusion, although the intense weather in Quebec can have an impact on the performance of Starlink, the system is designed to cope with these conditions and offer a reliable and fast internet connection. Users located in regions with particularly harsh weather conditions might consider the High Performance option for better resiliency and optimal performance.

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