Starlink has Set Up a Satellite Base in the Irish Sea


“There is a nearly new vacant base station array here linked directly into data centers,”. Said a source who works in the Isle of Man’s tech industry, who asked to remain anonymous as they’re not directly involved with the Starlink project. The source added that it has “an excellent horizon scan because being surrounded by sea it means there is nothing in the way.”

“Then, of course, the Isle of Man is a low tax jurisdiction so [there is] very little overhead,” they added. “Plus the nation has an adequacy agreement with the EU for GDPR compliance. All this makes the island a good place for satellite or data-related services.”

Starlink might need more space

The Isle of Man is a British Crown dependency that sits in the middle of the Irish Sea. Starlink already has bases in Buckinghamshire and Cornwall in England. Additionally, the Isle of Man base will allow the company to provide blanket internet coverage across Britain.

“You can assume they’ll need lots of ground stations, in lots of places, to ensure uninterrupted coverage,” Craig Moffett, an analyst at research firm MoffettNathanson, told CNBC.