New Delhi: SpaceX Starlink’s satellite Internet service announced on Friday that it is available in 32 countries, compared to 25 countries announced earlier this year. Billionaire Elon Musk’s Starlink provides high-speed, low-latency broadband worldwide. It has more than 2,550 users worldwide. Elon Musk said Starlink was active in Ukraine after the Russian invasion disrupted the Internet.
The company shared a availability map on Twitter, revealing where its services are “available” in Europe and North America, as well as parts of South America, Australia and New Zealand. He also announced that he would “immediately” send his services in these areas.
“Starlink is already available in 32 countries around the world. “People who order from areas marked ‘affordable’ will get their Starlink immediately,” the company said in a tweet.
Updated Starlink availability by region https://t.co/uxLqoNpr7M
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 13, 2022
In June last year, Musk said Starlink would cover the whole world, including India, within months. But his plans to create space in the country failed.
Starlink registered its business in India through a local Starlink Satellite Communications division and headed to launch in April. But the communications department at the Ministry of Communications in December warned Starlink to get the necessary permission to offer satellite Internet services in India. The government has told Starlink to stop “booking / providing satellite internet service” in India without a license.
Starlink later announced that it would apply for a commercial license in India by January 31, which is yet to come. According to Cloudflare and Reddit’s self-reported statistics, nearly 80% of Starlink users today are in North America and another 18% in Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Only 2% of its users live outside the West, according to Rest of the World.
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