SpaceX Expands Starlink Internet Service. Here’s How to Join
SpaceX has ambitious plans to serve Earth residents with internet broadcast by thousands of satellites orbiting our planet
The California-based company has already deployed around 1,000 of its Starlink satellites after sending the first of many batches into space in May 2019.
Last summer, SpaceX launched a simple beta test of the service for select users and took pre-orders for the equipment required for the setup as well as the internet service itself on Tuesday.
If you’re interested, just enter your email and home address on the Starlink website to find out if the service will be available soon. For example, if you are in Connecticut, Starlink would like to reach your region in mid to late 2021.
When Starlink arrives, you can pre-order the service for a payment of $ 99. The total cost to be paid later is $ 549 ($ 499 for hardware and $ 50 for shipping and handling) plus a monthly payment of $ 99 for Internet service.
The message on the Starlink website reads: “Availability is limited”. Orders are carried out “subject to availability”. Customers will receive a notification when their Starlink order is ready to ship.
The fine print says that pre-orders are fully refundable and that “some orders may take six months or more to complete” depending on your location. The company also says leaving a deposit does not guarantee service.
Starlink is currently reaching customers in the US, Canada and the UK. However, as the company refines the technology and continues to expand its satellite constellation, people in more countries will have the opportunity to sign up.
The company recently announced in a press release that trials of the service show that the system is currently “reaching and exceeding 100/20 megabits per second throughput for individual users,” SpaceX has already indicated that it is “fast enough to stream multiple HD movies at the same time and I still have bandwidth left. “
The document also states that Starlink already serves 10,000 beta customers in the US and abroad.
According to SpaceX, the $ 10 billion Starlink project aims to “provide fast, reliable internet in places where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable”. In May 2019, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk suggested that Starlink could ultimately generate annual sales of up to $ 50 billion if it could secure just a few percent of the global telecommunications market.