Starlink user terminal installed on the roof of a Canadian building.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that as the company continues to build a global consumer network, the company’s Starlink satellite Internet service “will double the speed of customers later this year.”
Musk said in a tweet on Monday: “The speed will double later this year to about 300Mb/s, and the delay will drop to about 20ms.”
Latency is the amount of delay in the Internet network. It defines the time it takes for the signal to travel back and forth from the destination. Latency and download speed are key indicators for Internet service providers.
In a subsequent tweet, Musk added that Starlink will reach “most” customers near the earth by the end of 2021, and is expected to cover the entire world “by next year”.
He emphasized that Starlink, like other satellite broadband services, is aimed at customers in “medium and low population density areas.”
Musk said: “Cellular phones will always have an advantage in densely populated urban areas.”
SpaceX founder and CEO of Tesla Inc. Elon Musk will attend the Axel Springer Awards Ceremony in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
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To date, SpaceX has launched more than 1,000 satellites for Starlink. In October, SpaceX began rolling out an early service to customers in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom in the form of a public beta-the price of the service is $99 a month, plus the upfront cost of the hardware required to connect to the network is $499.
The company recently expanded the scope of the public beta, allowing potential users to book Starlink services. SpaceX disclosed in a document submitted to the Federal Communications Commission earlier this month that Starlink “has more than 10,000 users in the United States and abroad” in just over three months since the public beta was released.
SpaceX pointed out in the FCC document that Starlink’s service “reaches and exceeds a single user’s throughput of 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)”, and most users see latency “equal to or less than 31 milliseconds.”
SpaceX has deployed 60 Starlink satellites in orbit.
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