Elon Musk’s Starlink now available in 32 countries across the world

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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Starlink, the satellite Internet service operated by the aerospace company SpaceX, founded by billionaire Mr. Elon Musk, is now available in 32 countries.

The company shared an availability map for Starlink, marking countries under ‘Available’, ‘Waitlist’, and ‘Coming Soon’ segments. Primarily countries in Europe and North America fall under ‘Available’.

Moreover, the company stated that in these regions, Starlink is ready to be shipped immediately. On the other side, Starlink will soon be available in all of Africa and much of South America. South and Southeast Asia countries also come under ‘Coming Soon’ for now.

SpaceX is expected to expand the availability of Starlink to more countries, which also includes India. The availability map does not show any timelines for countries where Starlink will be launched at a later stage, however, it is expected to begin sometime in 2023.

Earlier, SpaceX had planned to deploy its Starlink network in India and provide complete coverage by the end of 2021. Its aim was to provide high-speed Internet access in remote areas where wired broadband Internet connections might be difficult to set up.

The company would have utilized 80 percent of the Starlink terminal shipped to India for rural areas. SpaceX had ambitions of installing up to 200,000 terminals in India by the end of 2022. However, it failed to apply for a commercial license to provide broadband and other connections in India by the end of 2021.

Last month, Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) granted a license to SpaceX in order to offer Starlink satellite and internet services in the kingdom.

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