Starlink says that a ‘single tree’ is capable of disrupting internet service, with users setting dishes high above their roofs to get around the problem
Starlink, a service which remains in beta and is set to improve with the launch of more satellites, is not designed for urban environments due to interference from buildings; but in rural areas trees are likely to remain a “bigger problem”, Mark Jackson, the editor in chief of UK internet service provider website ISPreview, told The Independent.
“Some people may be able to get around that by professionally mounting the dish higher up on their roof, although there have also been some questions about the kit's durability in high winds – if you mount it high up, then you might need to take it down for a storm [which is] not ideal or safe.
“Only time will tell whether they can truly resolve all of these issues, but they do stand a good chance of being able to overcome them. A bigger challenge will be in making the whole thing profitable, while also trying not to completely wreck observational science (astronomy) in the process.”