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Starlink boasts 2.3 million monthly active users of satellite-based Internet service

A man installs a Starlink satellite dish, which uses Low Earth orbit satellites to provide broadband Internet service to residents and businesses in supported areas. (Photo by Steve Jurvetson via Wikimedia Commons)
A man installs a Starlink satellite dish, which uses Low Earth orbit satellites to provide broadband Internet service to residents and businesses in supported areas. (Photo by Steve Jurvetson via Wikimedia Commons)

Starlink, the satellite-based broadband Internet provider operated by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, says it has more than 2.3 million active customers around the world.

The figure likely includes both residential and business subscribers, as well as users of the Low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite service who are able to access broadband Internet without a subscription.

Starlink is available on all seven continents and operates its business in more than 70 countries around the world. Customers purchase a Starlink satellite dish and related equipment from SpaceX, and are allowed to subscribe to broadband Internet service on a month-to-month basis and without a contract. The service typically costs around $80 per month.

SpaceX has reported incremental increases in the number of monthly active users to Starlink over the past few quarters. Three months ago, Starlink had around 2 million active users, according to information supplied by the company.

Starlink is seen as a mostly-viable solution to provide low-latency broadband Internet to underserved parts of the United States, where fiber-based broadband service isn’t offered. The service primarily competes with fixed wireless solutions like T-Mobile Home Internet and comparable products from Verizon and AT&T, which primarily focus on rural and suburban areas with its 4G LTE and 5G wireless-based high speed Internet solutions.

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