Starlink Starts Adding Beta Launch Customers for World’s Fastest Satellite Internet Services
When you look up into the sky, you are more likely to star-gaze into one of SpaceX Starlink satellites that would offer high-speed broadband internet services.
Starlink has started signing up customers for its high-speed broadband internet services. As global internet service providers look to expand their networking capabilities with 5G and Edge connectivity, Starlink provides reliable, inexpensive, and trustworthy internet connectivity.
Currently, customers based in the US and Canada can sign up for the beta connection testing; while global coverage would be offered from 2021. According to the official webpage¹, private beta testing is expected to begin later this year, followed by public beta testing, starting with higher latitudes.
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It is worth noting that SpaceX launched 60 satellites into orbit on 23 May last year. Due to the COVID-19 lockdowns, the beta signups might have been delayed by 6-8 months. However, we expect Starlink commercialization to happen faster than traditional internet broadband services.
The Falcon 9 rocket has released another 60 Starlink satellites into orbit.
— Spaceflight Now (@SpaceflightNow) September 3, 2020
According to a news report², SpaceX has launched nearly 900 satellites — a very small fraction of what is actually needed to grow Starlink’s coverage beyond the US and Canada.
Others in the satellite internet services businesses include HughesNet and Viasat.
2. CNBC article by Michael Sheetz: SpaceX prices Starlink satellite internet service at $99 per month, according to e-mail