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Elon Musk says Starlink will be available worldwide in August

2021-06-29 18:43 by
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Elon Musk's satellite broadband service, Starlink, will be available worldwide except the North and South Poles starting in August, the billionaire entrepreneur said Tuesday during a talk at the virtual Mobile World Congress 2021.

"We are on our way to having a few hundred thousand users, possibly over 500,000 users within 12 months," Musk said, speaking virtually at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain.

The internet network, in the midst of an open beta phase, has launched more than 1,700 satellites to low-Earth orbit since 2018 and recently surpassed a "strategically significant" benchmark of 69,420 active users, Musk told MWC. He said Starlink is already running in 12 countries and expanding.

It's now the world's largest satellite constellation, with more than 1,500 Starlink satellites launched to orbit to date.

The low altitude of SpaceX's satellites decreases the latency in its service compared to traditional satellite services, which Musk emphasized. Latency is the amount of delay in an internet network, defining how much time it takes a signal to travel back and forth from a destination. Latency and download speeds are key measures for an internet service provider.

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