Starlink – the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite broadband provider backed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture – has revealed that it is now serving around 140,000 subscriptions across more than 20 countries, up from 100,000 in August. The company supplied the metrics in a presentation to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week, adding that over 750,000 would-be users across the globe have placed ‘orders/deposits’ for satellite connectivity. On a gloomier note, however, the company warned the FCC that the ongoing chip shortage is slowing down the production of its satellite dishes.
TeleGeography notes that Starlink 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.