Elon Musk’s Starlink internet service will be ready worldwide by September 2021, according to company president Gwynne Shotwell on Tuesday. Shotwell acknowledged that Starlink has unfinished regulatory work that must be completed before the company can provide services in that country.
“We’ve successfully launched 1,800 or so satellites, and once all of those satellites reach operational orbit, we will have continuous worldwide coverage, so that should be around September timeframe,” Shotwell said via livestream at a Macquarie Group technology conference, according to Reuters. “However, we still have regulatory work to do in each nation to gain approval to supply telecommunications services.”
Starlink’s beta services are now available in 11 countries, including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and portions of Europe. By mid-2027, SpaceX hopes to have launched around 42,000 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit. Musk stated in May that the low-Earth orbiting satellite network had received over 500,000 preorders for its internet service and that there will be no technical difficulties in satisfying demand. Musk has stated that Starlink will “likely be out of beta this summer.”
Meanwhile, the services in the United States are already operational and in beta testing, and the US Federal Communications Commission has approved SpaceX’s plan to deploy some Starlink satellites in a lower earth orbit than previously planned in order to provide high-speed broadband Internet access to people who currently lack it.
Starlink, which is available for pre-order in India for $99, is around Rs 7000. Users can check the service’s availability by entering their city and zip code.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in India has instructed Musk’s business SpaceX to get the necessary permits before selling any services in the nation. “The Department of Transportation has no issues to SpaceX selling the Starlink satellite internet service in India.
However, before selling the service to Indian users, it must comply with the laws of the nation and get a necessary licence and other authorizations,” a source previously told ET Telecom.