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Starlink now available in Japan

2022-10-11 17:53 by


SpaceX's Starlink service launched in Japan, the first of several planned deployments of the satellite-based broadband system in Asia. SpaceX made the announcement on its official Twitter page. According to its official website, the monthly service fee is 12,300 yen ($84) on top of hardware costs of 73,000 yen.

A service map from Starlink shows most of central and northern Japan is now covered by the technology, including Tokyo. The rest of the country could see full coverage by the fourth quarter. South Korea, to Japan's west, is expected to get service early next year, the Bloomberg news agency reported.

SpaceX broke its annual record with the completion of its 32nd successful launch in 2022 after sending 46 of its Starlink satellites to orbit in July. It completed 31 successful launches in all of 2021.

Starlink is a constellation of satellites run by SpaceX. After 2023, it also aims to provide global mobile phone service. Other than Japan, Starlink currently provides satellite internet access in around 40 countries.

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