Re: The Verge: Elon Musk says Starlink internet service will be ‘fully mobile’ in 2021

grarpamp grarpamp at
Wed May 25 20:03:23 PDT 2022

Starlink has ability to shut off and does shut off all abusers,
thus as among business opportunities lost covered here before,
it is irrational why starlink has still not yet allowed anonymous
crypto prepaid accounts to acquire and patronize its service
and add much needed revenue to its bottom line,
and if Musk is walking his twitter talk about free speech,
starlink must allow anonymous users for freedom.

Elon Musk's Starlink Satellite Internet Hits 400,000 Users

SpaceX's Starlink has exponentially grown its subscriber base
worldwide this year. The network of thousands of satellites in low
Earth orbit, providing high-speed internet anywhere globally, has seen
a 275% increase in subs since January.

CNBC noted that the Elon Musk-owned company presented the new figures
to the Federal Communications Commission in a presentation on May 19.
Starlink had 145k subscribers at the beginning of the year. By March,
it was 250k, and as of this month, it had 400k.

Last week, SpaceX launched a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket with 53 more
Starlink internet satellites into orbit. The satellites will expand
the company's constellation of more than 2.5k, which provides
high-speed internet worldwide. Coverage is set to expand across North
America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East by the end of the year,
opening the doors for the company to add even more subs.

The 400k subs are spread across 48 U.S. states and dozens of countries
(36 in total). Starlink's website shows much of the U.S. and Europe
have service, but plenty of places worldwide are on a "waitlist."

Starlink has also inked deals with two carriers to provide inflight
Wi-Fi, which could dramatically increase internet speeds on planes
from the dial-up-like speeds that make remote work near impossible.

High-speed internet from space is great, but is it a profitable
business? Not yet...

    So Starlink now has 400,000 subs= $530M/yr revenue.

    It plans 30,000 satellites @ $400,000 each & lasting 5 years.

    That means it needs $2.4B annual revenue just to break even on
satellites. Let's add $500M/yr ground systems + $500M payroll =
$3.4B/yr revenue just to BREAK EVEN.
    — Stanphyl Capital (@StanphylCap) May 25, 2022

Meanwhile, Russia has been trying to jam the internet service as it's
being used across Ukraine. Also, Chinese scientists are developing
ways to destroy the global network.

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