SpaceX satellite internet service Starlink announced Friday that it is available in 32 countries. Earlier this year it was reported to have presence in 25 countries. Billionaire Elon Musk’s Starlink provides high-speed broadband internet across the world. It has over 250,000 users globally.
The company shared an availability map on Twitter, revealing that its services are “available” in parts of Europe and North America as well as South America, Australia and New Zealand. It has also announced that it will send its service to these areas ‘immediately’.
“Starlink is now available in 32 countries worldwide. Starlink will be shipped immediately to people ordering from areas marked ‘Available’,” the company said in a tweet.
In June last year, Musk had claimed that Starlink would be spread across the world, including India, within months. But his plan to make a place in India went awry.
Starlink registered its business in India through a local entity, Starlink Satellite Communications, and is targeting a rollout in April. But the Department of Telecommunications, under the Ministry of Communications, in December warned Starlink to get the necessary permissions to offer satellite-based internet services in India.
The government asked Starlink to stop ‘booking/rendering of satellite internet service’ in India without a license. Starlink later announced that it would apply for a commercial license in India by January 31, which has yet to happen.
So far, about 80 percent of Starlink users are located in North America, compared to another 18 percent in Australia, New Zealand and Europe, according to a report by Rest of the World, Cloudflare and self-reported data on Reddit. Only 2 percent of its users live outside Western countries.