SpaceX said its Starlink satellite internet project is in “incredible demand” from potential customers. Therefore, they asked the US authorities to increase the number of maximum possible users to 5 million.
According to the company, 700,000 individuals across the United States are ready to start using the Internet from Starlink. SpaceX has asked regulators for permission to increase the number of authorized user terminals – devices that consumers will use to connect to satellite internet.
This request follows the announcement of the service to potential customers. The company has updated its website and asked to leave mail for those users who want to keep abreast of the news of the service. After registration, Starlink sends emails to customers, including news about whether they can start using the satellite Internet service.
In the summer of 2020, SpaceX will begin partial beta testing of the Starlink service, followed by public beta testing. Elon Musk’s company announced that Starlink will begin offering commercial services in the northern US and Canada by the end of 2020, and then will do so globally by 2021.
Earlier, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said that the creation of a full-fledged satellite Internet network would cost the company $10 billion. Over the past few years, the company has been able to raise $44 billion for its initiatives, including Starlink.
Starlink is a next-generation satellite network that is able to provide the inhabitants of the Earth with broadband Internet access. The project began in February 2018. In total, it is planned to launch about 12 thousand satellites. The global goal is to provide high-speed Internet access to the entire population of the planet.