The space company SpaceX of Tesla director Elon Musk wants to offer internet from space.

In the Netherlands, Starlink satellite internet, as the service is called, should become available this year.

In addition to cable and mobile internet, is there room for an alternative in our country?

"On paper, it's a pretty sympathetic idea," says analyst Tim Poulus of market researcher Telecompaper.

He thinks that there is a small market in the Netherlands for which satellite internet could be interesting.

"I'm guessing it concerns less than a hundred thousand households."

This will mainly concern people who live in rural areas, where the installation of fast wired internet is less attractive due to the high costs.

In some cases it is not even profitable to install fiber optics, says Poulen.

In that case satellite internet could be an option, although according to him it is not optimal either.

"The speeds of about 300 Mbps that Starlink now promises are quite decent, but they don't make it with the gigabit connections (1,000 Mbps, ed.) That you can achieve with glass."

Internet via satellite is also a lot more expensive.

"You can get gigabit internet for a few tens, while a Starlink subscription costs 99 euros per month. And then you also have to pay for a dish and router, which together with the other equipment cost 499 euros."

Providers consider satellite internet to be excessive in the Netherlands

The three major Dutch telecom providers KPN, T-Mobile and VodafoneZiggo point to the question from about how they view satellite internet, all three of them on the good digital infrastructure that the Netherlands already has.

"Such an initiative is especially interesting for remote places in the world where these types of networks are not available", says KPN spokesman Stijn Wesselink.

"I think it is difficult to get it done, especially in a country like the Netherlands," says T-Mobile director Søren Abildgaard.

"Satellite internet will probably do better in countries where the population lives less closely together."

"The Netherlands has the best fixed networks in Europe. For countries with a less dense infrastructure, satellite internet can be an advantage," said VodafoneZiggo spokesman Gerjan van der Laan.

Satellite internet not depreciated despite restrictions

Telecompaper analyst Poulus is nevertheless not writing off the internet from space.

Depending on the alternatives, satellite internet from SpaceX or another company may be an option, he says.

But that also depends on the developments in wired and mobile internet.

"If the government starts to provide subsidies, it can suddenly be profitable to install fiber optics in difficult rural areas," said Poulus.

The fast 3.5 GHz frequencies (part of the 5G network), which are expected to be auctioned in 2022, also offer potential.

Providers can also use it to offer internet for home, says Poulus.

"But the question is whether mobile operators would like that."