With the addition of McMurdo Station in Antarctica, SpaceX said Starlink’s orbital-based broadband internet service now spans all continents.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that this high-speed internet service routed through low-Earth orbit is actually available globally.
Quoted from Cnetthe service has recently become active in Africa, starting in Mozambique and Nigeria, and was launched at the end of the year in the Philippines to start making inroads in Southeast Asia.
As Musk himself notes, the service is even being used on the globe by scientists in Antarctica.
Currently, Starlink is active in Australia, New Zealand and a number of countries in America and Europe. In Russia, Starlink internet has not been activated due to the situation of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. SpaceX activated Starlink in Ukraine earlier this year shortly after Russia invaded.
Starlink’s fleet of satellites is sent to Ukraine to keep the war-torn region connected. Musk also reports that Starlink has managed to stifle Russian efforts to stop it.
There are currently more than 3,000 Starlink satellites in orbit, and SpaceX will continue to add at least a thousand more under its current license from the US Federal Communications Commission. SpaceX has previously announced that it wants to expand its “mega-constellation” of satellites into as many as 50,000 flying routers.
Musk also revealed via Twitter that in June, Starlink’s subscription figure was close to half a million.
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