Starlink – the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite broadband provider backed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture – has surpassed 500,000 sign-ups, company officials have confirmed. Speaking during the launch webcast of the 26th Starlink mission SpaceX operations engineer Siva Bharadvaj commented: ‘To date, over half a million people have placed an order or put down a deposit for Starlink’.
TeleGeography notes that SpaceX seeks to become the world’s first high speed, low-latency satellite ISP, coordinating the largest fleet of operating satellites to deliver a consistent broadband service to the most disconnected areas. The public beta programme commenced in October 2020 and Starlink began accepting pre-orders – priced at USD99 – in February this year. Amid growing demand for the service, Musk himself has warned that the ‘only limitation is [a] high density of users in urban areas’.