Elon Musk: Starlink satellite broadband now active on all continents

With the addition of McMurdo Station in Antarctica, SpaceX says its orbit-based Starlink broadband service now reaches all seven continents.

On Sunday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that high-speed Internet service delivered via low Earth orbit is truly available worldwide.

The service has only just become active in Africa, starting in Mozambique and Nigeria, and is rolling out by the end of the year to the Philippines to begin making inroads in Southeast Asia.

As Musk himself notes, the service is even used at the end of the world by scientists in Antarctica.

Starlink has been active for some time now in Australia, New Zealand and a number of countries in the Americas and Europe.

Notably, however, it has not been activated in the physically largest country on Earth, Russia. SpaceX activated Starlink in Ukraine earlier this year shortly after the invasion of Russia. Thousands of Starlink receivers have also been sent to Ukraine to keep war-torn regions connected. Musk also reported that Starlink successfully resisted Russian attempts to block it.

There are currently more than 3,000 Starlink satellites in orbit, and SpaceX will continue to add at least a thousand more under its current license from the US Federal Communications Commission. The company has expressed a desire to expand the mega-constellation up to 50,000 flying routers.

Musk revealed via Twitter in June that Starlink subscriptions were approaching half a million.