Starlink nears 70,000 active users

Elon Musk has said Starlink is on track to provide a connection from anywhere in the world, except the poles, by August.

The announcement was made during a video-linked keynote speech at Mobile World Congress, which is being held as a hybrid event in 2021 with a physical event in Barcelona complemented by virtual sessions and attendees.

The satellite-internet system now has over 69,000 active users and Musk said the company hopes to have 500,000 users within a year.

Starlink customers connect using small satellite receivers that are priced at £360; Musk said this is a subsidised price, with the devices costing the company £720.

The service is now operational in 12 countries, with Musk adding that Starlink has “two quite significant partnerships with major country telcos”.

Ofcom granted Starlink a licence to trial its services in the UK in November last year, with those trials starting in January.

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Charlotte Hathway

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