Starlink internet service exits beta in October – Musk

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted Friday that the company’s Starlink satellite internet network will come out of its open beta phase next month.

It was two months later than Musk’s August date at Mobile World Congress, when he also said he expected the service to have “maybe more than 500,000 users in 12 months”.

According to The Verge, the Starlink system requires a constellation of nearly 12,000 low-earth orbit satellites that will broadcast continuous high-speed Internet service. A terminal costs $ 499 and there is a monthly charge of $ 99 for the service.

It opened its public beta test in October 2020, and Musk said in August that SpaceX shipped 100,000 Starlink terminals, which include a satellite dish and Wi-Fi router, to users in 14 countries. As the beta ends and more countries can access Starlink, that 100,000 number is likely to rise, although it’s hard to say when it might hit the half-million Musk predicted. .

Starlink’s Internet service is expected to be sold directly to consumers in rural areas around the world, among other customers, and it offers download speeds of 100 Mbps and upload speeds of 20 Mbps. However, reviews of the Starlink service so far have been mixed.

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