The Starlink satellite-based Internet service from SpaceX is now available in 32 countries. Elon Musk’s company tweeted a link to its availability map, stating that people who order in areas marked as “available” will receive their Starlink kit right away.
The service has grown steadily since its beta launch last year. As of September 2021, it will be available in 12 countries, up from 25 in February.
Starlink service is currently available in large parts of Europe, North America, and New Zealand, as shown on the map. It also includes the southern half of Australia. Other regions, including Africa, Greenland, and a large portion of South America, will be available in 2023.
Starlink announced a price increase earlier this year to keep up with inflation. A Starlink starter kit now costs $599, which includes shipping and taxes. The monthly service fee has gone from $99 to $110.
You may be unfamiliar with Starlink. Musk’s company intends to sell internet connections around the world via a growing network of private satellites orbiting above.
Although Starlink is more expensive than other ISPs, it may be your only option. This is especially true for residents in rural areas who do not have access to major Internet service providers.
SpaceX’s constellation continues to grow. The subsequent rocket launch will put 53 Starlink satellites into low orbit. It will take place later today at Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base. On the map, many Asian countries, including Russia, China, and Afghanistan, are marked in black rather than blue. This implies that SpaceX has no plans to provide the service to these countries.
Starlink has sparked debate. Astronomers complained that its constellation of thousands of satellites interfered with observations from Earth telescopes. A geomagnetic storm also caused the company to lose 40 satellites. The French regulator ARCEP has temporarily revoked Starlink’s operating license, with a final decision expected soon.