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SpaceX’s Starlink Reaches 400,000 Subscribers -Breaking


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By Michael Elkins

An FCC filing Monday revealed that SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service is currently serving more than 400,000 users around the globe. This filing shows the rapid growth of this service. The company announced service for 250,000 subscribers two months ago.

SpaceX is steadily expanding Starlink access in 32 countries. In fact, they sent thousands of Starlink dishes from Ukraine to help keep it online in the midst of its conflict with Russia.

An availability map on SpaceX’s Starlink website now shows only a handful of countries where the service is not listed as “coming soon:” Afghanistan, Belarus, Cuba. China, Iran. North Korea. Russia. Syria. And Venezuela.

FCC filings also note that SpaceX plans to connect more people and locations with its next generation user terminals. SpaceX may have already begun work on the third-generation Starlink dish to be available for residential customers.

“SpaceX is poised to drive even greater value to American consumers and businesses through its earth stations in motion, which require 12GHz capacity to connect aircraft, ships, and vehicles to high-speed, low-latency broadband connectivity in the United States and abroad,” SpaceX Satellite Policy Director Brett Tarnutzer wrote in the filing.

SpaceX’s new Starlink RV Service was launched on Monday, along with its FCC filing. This new service will allow consumers to access the internet while on road trips and camping. It is expanding its inflight Wi Fi service and will begin commercial flight service in the next year.