Good news for internet users: Starlink’s satellite internet will enter private beta in roughly three months.
SpaceX’s Starlink satellite constellation will provide internet service to markets around the globe, including underserved areas. Unlike previous generations, where the satellites orbit some 22,000 miles above the Earth, Starlink’s satellites orbit a mere 340 miles high. Thanks to its low-Earth orbit, Starlink’s satellites will offer far higher speeds and very low latency. In addition, Starlink has received approval for 12,000 initial satellites, and 30,000 after that. As a result, Starlink will not experience the same bandwidth and throughput limitations that many existing providers have.
In a tweet, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that private beta would begin soon, with a public beta a couple of months after that.
Private beta begins in ~3 months, public beta in ~6 months, starting with high latitudes
Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 4/22/20
This is good news for internet users looking forward to a new era of connectivity.