SpaceX’s satellite internet unit, Starlink, could provide continuous high-speed internet around the world in September. However, according to Starlink president Gwynne Shotwel, they will need to seek regulatory approvals in countries prior to delivery. “We have successfully deployed around 1,800 satellites and once all of these satellites reach their operational orbit, we will have continuous global coverage, which should lead to the September period,” he said at the event on Tuesday. ‘A technology conference.
“But then we have a regulatory job to go to all countries and get approval to provide telecommunications services,” he added. Starlink, had announced its intention to deploy 12,000 satellites in total at a cost of about 10 billion dollars. The company currently offers beta services in 11 countries, Shotwel said. Last month, the group’s chief executive, Elon Musk, said the low-earth orbit satellite network had received more than 500,000 pre-orders for its Internet service and did not anticipate any technical problems to meet demand.
“Not limited by traditional ground infrastructure”
In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission this year approved SpaceX’s plan to deploy certain Starlink satellites in a lower-than-expected Earth orbit to provide high-speed Internet services to people who currently do not have access. “Starlink is ideal for areas of the world where connectivity has typically been a challenge,” said the Starlink website.
“Without being limited by traditional terrestrial infrastructure, Starlink can provide high-speed Internet access to locations where access has been unreliable or completely unavailable,” they added. The cost of the service is billed $ 99 per month plus tax. A down payment of $ 500 is also required for the mountable satellite dish and router to be installed in the home.