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SpaceX’s Starlink surpasses 400,000 subscribers globally

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A Starlink satellite terminal (also called a dish) installed in front of the RV.

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Of Elon Musk SpaceX told federal regulators in a presentation last week that Starlink satellite Internet services currently have more than 400,000 subscribers worldwide.

This disclosure shows that the company is steadily increasing the number of subscribers to the service launched in October 2020. Two months ago, Starlink said it had about 250,000 subscribers...Earlier this year it said it had about 145,000 subscribers. The numbers include both individual consumers and businesses.

Starlink is a low-Earth orbit SpaceX satellite network designed to provide high-speed Internet. anywhere On earth. Through thousands of satellites, SpaceX is building systems that provide faster connections with wider coverage areas than traditional broadband satellites.

A SpaceX presentation during a call with the Federal Communications Commission on May 19 stated that the Starlink service is active in the 48 states of the continental United States. The satellite network has been available in 36 countries so far, and the company aims to expand its services to most of Asia, Africa and the Middle East next year.

The availability map on SpaceX’s Starlink website shows only a handful of countries where the service isn’t listed as “coming soon.” Afghanistan, Belarus and Cuba. China, Iran, North Korea. Russia, Syria, Venezuela.

SpaceX has launched approximately 2,500 Starlink satellites to support its global network.

The company has expanded its Starlink service options this year. Starlink’s basic service is $ 110 per month, Excluding the $ 599 initial cost of hardware. The premium option costs $ 500 per month and the hardware costs $ 2,500. The company recently added a $ 25 monthly “portability” fee to moving users. Satellite antennas and “Starlink for RVs” option that allows customers to suspend service monthly.

The company is also expanding into the in-flight Wi-Fi market, An agreement has been signed between the aircraft carrier Hawaiian Airlines and JSX to add a Starlink antenna to the aircraft. Awaiting regulatory approval, SpaceX will begin servicing commercial aircraft within approximately a year.

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