Elon Musk’s space company SpaceX has announced that its “Starlink” satellite internet service now covers four continents and is available in 32 countries.
More importantly, the company is constantly growing. So in the near future this image will be much more attractive. For this goal, SpaceX is doing its best to attract as many subscribers as possible. All new subscribers who order new terminals will receive them immediately. As a reminder, customers previously had to wait several months to receive the equipment concerned.
Where is Starlink available?
SpaceX shared a screenshot on Twitter showing the service’s global coverage. As we can see, Starlink service is available in Europe, most of North America, South America, and parts of Australia and New Zealand. The company is also actively working to capture more markets. Indeed, Starlink will enter the entire African continent by 2023.
Starlink is now available in 32 countries around the world. People ordering in areas marked “available” will have their Starlink shipped immediately → https://t.co/slZbTmHdml pic.twitter.com/CecM1pkf5D
—SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 13, 2022
SpaceX’s map shows areas marked “available” (light blue), “waiting list” (medium blue), and “coming soon” (dark blue). The service can have full coverage in areas below 60 degrees north latitude. But availability is granted country by country.
The number of countries where Starlink internet services are available increased to 7 from 25 countries earlier this year. In April of this year, we learned that most Starlink users are in North America. However, there are millions of users from Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
SpaceX primarily targets remote areas that cannot be networked by other means. In the fourth quarter of 2021, the company’s average download speed in the United States was 104.97 Mbps and its upload speed was 12.04 Mbps. This is almost identical to the speed of the fixed network in the United States. In theory, network speeds will continue to increase as SpaceX adds more satellites and ground stations. It should also be mentioned that the latency is slower than fixed broadband (40ms vs. 14ms). But compared to other satellite options such as HughesNet and Viasat, it’s much better (729 ms and 627 ms, respectively).
In terms of price, some think it’s an affordable service, while others don’t think it’s competitive. In March, the company increased the prices of its plans. For example, the new Starlink Command Starter Kit is available for $599 upfront, which includes a satellite dish, stand, power supply, and WiFi router. The monthly fee for Internet service is $110, down from $99 previously. Users can now also add a portability feature that allows them to carry the kit on the go for an additional $25 per month.