SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet surpasses 400,000 subscribers globally

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  • Elon Musk’s SpaceX told the Federal Communications Commission in a presentation last week that its Starlink satellite internet service now has more than 400,000 customers worldwide.
  • In March, the company said that Starlink had about 250,000 customers, including consumers and enterprise customers.
  • The satellite network currently serves 36 countries and aims to connect most customers in Asia, Africa and the Middle East next year.

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX told federal regulators in a presentation last week that its Starlink satellite internet service now has more than 400,000 customers worldwide.

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The disclosure indicates that the company is continuing to grow for the service, which debuted 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 figures include both individual consumers and businesses.

Starlink is SpaceX’s network of satellites in low Earth orbit, designed to deliver high-speed Internet anywhere in the world. Through thousands of satellites, SpaceX is building a system to deliver faster connectivity over a wider coverage area than conventional broadband satellites.

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SpaceX’s presentation on May 19 during a call with the Federal Communications Commission noted that Starlink service is active in 48 US states. The satellite network is currently available in 36 countries and the company aims to expand the service to Asia, Africa and the Middle East next year.

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

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

The company expanded its Starlink service options this year. Starlink’s base service is $110 per month, excluding the $599 up-front cost for hardware. A premium option costs $500 per month, plus $2,500 for hardware. The company also recently added a “portability” fee of $25 per month for users who move their satellite antenna, as well as a “Starlink for RV” option that allows customers to move from month-to-month. Allows to stop the service on Aadhar.

The company is also expanding into the inflight Wi-Fi market and has signed agreements with air carriers Hawaiian Airlines and JSX to add Starlink antennas to aircraft. Pending regulatory approval, SpaceX expects to begin servicing commercial aircraft in about a year.

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