Elon Musk promises regular operation of satellite Internet access from October

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Elon Musk promises regular operation of satellite Internet access from October


The beta phase of the Starlink network is expected to end in October. Regular operation would then begin, and users should then actually receive the promised performance data.


Starlink should go into regular operation in October.


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Starlink should go into regular operation in October.


It is not a well-worded press release from SpaceX that announces the end of the beta phase, which was not unjustifiably started under the name “Better than nothing” in October 2020. Rather, a tweet has to be enough. And, typical of Elon Musk, that is extremely scarce. When asked by Twitter user Overshield when Starlink would end the beta phase, the SpaceX boss replied with two words:

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Next month, so it should be so far after that. Of course, the question of which regions of the world the statement should apply to remains unanswered. It seems unlikely that Starlink will end its Better Than Nothing Beta anywhere in the world and go into regular operation. On the other hand, it is more likely that the statement was more related to Musk’s home country, the USA, and possibly also to the neighboring country of Canada.

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In any case, the service has so far only provided 17 countries with the fast Internet from space. In Germany, Starlink is operated under a one-year approval from the Federal Network Agency, which enables SpaceX to evaluate the user terminals. Starlink can already be ordered in Germany since February. The hardware arrived at the t3n editorial office a little more than a week ago and is currently being prepared for a test. Starlink currently costs 99 euros per month, plus 558 euros for the hardware.

Expansion is evidently proceeding according to plan

According to data from, Starlink was still showing in the US in the second quarter of 2021 Speedtest.net Average values ​​of around 97 megabits per second in the downstream and 14 Mbit / s in the upstream with a latency of 45 milliseconds. Anecdotal reports have been made of values ​​that exceed 300 Mbit / s in the downstream and 60 Mbit / s in the upstream.

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That would come very close to Elon Musk’s promise from February of that year. He had promised the same downstream with a latency of less than 20 milliseconds for “later this year”. With each additional satellite, connectivity and latency would continue to improve. In the medium term, SpaceX is aiming for latencies of less than ten milliseconds. It should also the new Cube-Sats with Laser-Link help, who can pass the data to each other in orbit without having to make a return to ground stations on earth every time.

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