- Elon Musk said on Monday that SpaceX will send thousands more invitations for Starlink’s satellite-internet service in the coming days.
- Musk also said Starlink’s public beta, currently limited to the north of the US and southern Canada, could be in Florida in January, in Europe in February, and in India in mid-2021.
- SpaceX has told public beta users to expect speeds between 50 and 150 megabits per second (Mbps), but some users are getting even higher download speeds.
- SpaceX hasn’t said how many people have signed up for the Starlink Internet public beta, which costs $ 600 upfront. Nearly 900 Starlink satellites are currently streaming the internet to Earth.
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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Monday that “several thousand”; more invitations for the company’s Starlink Internet public beta will be sent in the coming days and that the plan could expand to Europe. Europe early next year.
The Starlink service transmits the internet to Earth from a network of 900 satellites – a public beta launched on October 26, and some users have reported dizzying speeds of over 160 megabits per second (Mbps).
“A few thousand more invitations to the Starlink beta this week,” Musk tweeted on Monday night.
—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 2, 2020
SpaceX has begun testing the service in the northern United States and southern Canada, where SpaceX has better satellite coverage.
In subsequent tweets, Musk said when other locations will have Starlink Internet.
European countries will have access as soon as “the company gets national approval”, he said, which he estimates will start in February or March.
“This is mandatory for each country because there is no EU-wide approval system. It will likely start getting final approval (with multiple steps) around February / March,” he said.
He said Florida could get a public beta in January and added that “states with lower latitudes need more satellites in place.”
Musk can expect connectivity by mid-2021, “as soon as we get regulatory approval,” Musk replied to another user.
The company did not say how many people joined the beta, but in June it said nearly 700,000 people across the US had expressed interest, according to CNBC.
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SpaceX sent an email on October 26 to an unknown number of people who expressed interest in signing up for the service on the Starlink website. The email said users should expect speeds between 50 and 150 Mbps.
The aerospace maker is charging $ 99 a month for a subscription, plus $ 499 upfront for a tripod, WiFi router and terminal to connect to the guard. Starlink crystal.
Musk’s company has nearly 900 Starlink satellites in orbit. It wants to launch about 12,000 Starlink satellites by mid-2027, although this number could reach 42,000. Its ultimate goal is high-speed Internet transmission around the world.