Starlink is providing internet coverage to 10,000 people worldwide

Date:8 February 2021 Author: Kyro Mitchell

Starlink, Elon Musk’s solution to providing internet coverage to people around the world, has been in public beta testing for people in the US, Canada and the UK since October 2020. Now, it looks like we finally know exactly how many people have gained access to the service since it was initially launched.

According to a recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission, which was obtained by CNBC, the Starlink satellite internet service now has more than 10,000 users worldwide.

“Starlink’s performance is not theoretical or experimental. Over 10,000 users in the United States and abroad are using the service today. While its performance is rapidly accelerating in real-time as part of its public beta program, the Starlink network has already successfully demonstrated it can surpass the Commission’s “Above Baseline” and “Low Latency” performance tiers,” the company wrote in its filing with the FCC.

In the filing, Starlink also goes on to state that it has already launched 1,000 satellites into orbit, and that its network is able to provide 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps) to individual users.

In 2019, the FCC granted approval to SpaceX to launch a total of 11,943 satellites into orbit, with the company looking to launch 4,425 satellites in orbit by 2024. There are currently more than 1,000 satellites orbiting the planet.

 

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