SpaceX CEO Ilon Musk announced that 100,000 terminals have already been sold and delivered to provide fast satellite internet service to residents of 14 countries. At the same time a number of other countries have applied for licenses to provide a similar service.
The head of SpaceX added that over the past three weeks, the number of Starlink users has increased by 10,000 people. By the end of July, SpaceX's global satellite Internet service Starlink had "only" 90,000 users.
Starlink is Elon Musk's satellite internet project that will build a giant network of tens of thousands of satellites providing fast internet access to (almost) anywhere in the world. The beta version of this online service launched in late 2020, and a subscription to use it costs $99 a month, and that amount does not include shipping, taxes, a terminal, and satellite antenna mounts.
The Starlink Kit includes a satellite dish, mount, power module and Wi-Fi router. The cost of this kit, which is actually a Starlink connecting terminal, is nearly $500.
SpaceX recently announced that it will begin producing mobile versions of Starlink terminals that can be used on airplanes, ships, heavy vehicles, etc.
Editorial gg reminds us that the Starlink business will be spun off into a separate company that will conduct an initial public offering (IPO) in a few years.
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