On Thursday, May 12, SpaceX announced its Starlink Internet service is now available across 32 countries. The company released an interactive Starlink satellite coverage map that outlines the regions where it is already providing internet service, linked below. Besides the United States, Starlink is available in: 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.
"Starlink is now available in 32 countries around the world. People ordering from areas marked 'available' will have their Starlink shipped immediately," said SpaceX. The map has different regions on the map highlighted in two shades of blue, the brightest blue represents the regions where Starlink is available. Potential customers can input their address and the map zooms into the exact location that shows a bright shade of blue as either "available" or the dark shade of blue as a "waitlist" area where people can pre-order and wait for service to become available. The Starlink hardware to access the network is currently priced at $599 USD with a monthly internet subscription fee of $110 USD.
The regions on the Starlink Coverage Map in a shade of gray are countries where the internet service will not be available, including: Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, Afghanistan, Belarus, China, and Russia. Most notably, Russia has conducted cyberattacks against SpaceX's Starlink network after the company's founder, Elon Musk, delivered thousands of Starlink user terminals to assist Ukraine amid the Russia invasion. "Starlink has resisted Russian cyberwar jamming & hacking attempts so far, but they’re ramping up their efforts," he shared on May 10. Starlink has been a useful communication system to coordinate civilian safety operations during the ongoing war.
Starlink is now available in 32 countries around the world. People ordering from areas marked “available” will have their Starlink shipped immediately → https://t.co/slZbTmHdml pic.twitter.com/CecM1pkf5D— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 13, 2022
"Without the bounds of traditional ground infrastructure, Starlink can be deployed in a matter of minutes to support emergency responders in disaster scenarios," said SpaceX. This year, the company rapidly delivered Starlink terminals to the Kingdom of Tonga after the archipelago nation was struck by a volcanic eruption that destroyed the only fiber-optic cable that connected the islands to the internet. "The Starlink team is proud to support and prioritize service for emergency responders around the globe and will continue to grow this support as our coverage areas expand." The company currently operates around 2,250 Starlink satellites in Low Earth Orbit and is launching satellites on a weekly basis to rapidly expand internet coverage. SpaceX says Starlink provides internet download speeds between 100 Mbps and 200 Mbps [megabits per second] and latency as low as 20ms [milliseconds]. Visit SpaceX's official website Starlink.com for more information.
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