Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said there are now 1,469 active Starlink satellites, with 272 “currently moving into operational orbits.
The CEO added, “Laser links will activate soon.”
In July 2021, Musk said that orbiting laser links can reduce long-range latency by up to 50%, due to the higher speed of light in vacuum and shorter path than underwater fiber. .
A recent report indicates that SpaceX’s satellite internet division now has more than 1,45,000 users in 25 countries around the world.
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Through November 2021, SpaceX had added around 11,000 users per month since the service began in October 2020.
Last year, Musk at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) conference said Starlink is expected to have around 500,000 users over the next 12 months.
He said Starlink was already operating in 12 countries and growing.
“We are, I think, on track to have a few hundred thousand users, maybe over 500,000 users within 12 months,” he added.
Starlink recently shipped 100,000 terminals to its customers. The project aims to provide global broadband connectivity via a constellation of satellites.
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