Ukrzaliznytsia tests Starlink Internet service on passenger trains

30 June, 12:03 PM
Satellite Internet will appear on Ukrzaliznytsia trains (Photo:Artem Ilyin)

Satellite Internet will appear on Ukrzaliznytsia trains (Photo:Artem Ilyin)

Satellite Internet from Starlink may appear in Ukrzaliznytsia trains by the end of the year, Yuriy Shchyhol, the head of the State Special Communications Service, said in an interview with Liga.tech.

He said the national railway company has already tested the pilot project to install the Starlink system in trains. 

Starlink is a satellite-based Internet provider operated by SpaceX, the U.S. rocket manufacturer and commercial space services company owned by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. Earlier in the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, Musk provided Ukraine with Starlink receivers to help Ukraine’s military and civilian authorities stay connected to the Internet. 

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After testing, Ukrainian experts contacted Starlink representatives and told them how their equipment was performing. 

“Even they were surprised that we were able to use Starlink like that,” Shchyhol said. 

“According to (the system’s) technical characteristics, it should not work at such speeds. But it does work and provides services.” 

According to the official, satellite internet will be available in Ukrzaliznytsia trains by the end of 2022. 

Earlier, the chairman of the board of Ukrzaliznytsia said that fares for passenger transportation would not change in the near future.

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