SpaceX is rapidly expanding the Starlink broadband network coverage globally. Today, June 16, the company announced "Starlink is now live in North Macedonia! Excited to further access to high-speed, low-latency broadband internet in the Balkans," they wrote via Twitter. Macedonia is a country in southeastern Europe. The company has an interactive Starlink Coverage Map on its website that customers can use to see if the satellite internet service is available in their region, visit: Starlink.com/Map.
Starlink service is active in 48 U.S. states. Starlink is also available across 36 countries including portions of: Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Denmark, Chile, Portugal, Switzerland, Poland, Italy, Czech Republic, Sweden, Mexico, Croatia, Lithuania, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Luxembourg, Latvia, Tonga, Hungary, and Ukraine. SpaceX plans to expand service to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East in 2023. The company already has over 500,000 Starlink subscribers globally that receive internet from around 2,600 satellites in Low Earth Orbit. SpaceX plans to launch over 12,000 it plans to launch over the next five years.
Starlink is now live in North Macedonia! Excited to further access to high-speed, low-latency broadband internet in the Balkans → https://t.co/5suNxFMwGH— SpaceX (@SpaceX) June 16, 2022
SpaceX founder Elon Musk believes in the importance of expanding internet access to rural and remote regions around the world because it has potential to improve lives. "One Starlink [user terminal] can provide Internet for an entire school of hundreds of students," he shared on May 28, "Great potential to lift people out of poverty. Providing Internet is teaching people to fish," said Musk via Twitter. Starlink is a game-changer because the Starlink user terminal is easy to set up by simply connecting it to an electricity source and pointing it at the sky, enabling quick access to high-speed internet in just a few minutes without the need for a professional technician. The easy installation process enables a more affordable option for governments and schools to provide reliable high-speed internet access, compared to having to build expensive fiber-optic cable infrastructures. Visit SpaceX's official website Starlink.com for more information.
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Evelyn J. Arevalo joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover news as a Space Journalist and SpaceX Starbase Texas Correspondent. Evelyn is specialized in rocketry and space exploration. The main topics she covers are SpaceX and NASA.