Elon Musk's SpaceX Starlink satellite internet project is entering the home stretch. The beta testing period, which began at the end of October last year, ends in October this year. This was stated by Elon Musk himself on Twitter, answering a direct question from one of the users.
And although Musk does not talk about what will happen with the service next, usually leaving the beta testing stage means an early launch of full-fledged commercial operation, and there is no reason to think that something will be different with the Starlink project.
Currently, satellite Internet access through the Starlink system provides more than 100,000 people in 14 countries around the world, but in the United States alone, more than half a million people are queuing up to connect - and this was only at the beginning of May. Considering that the geography of Starlink services has expanded significantly, and the data transfer rates have grown significantly ( in the near future, data in the Starlink system will be transmitted at the speed of light), there should already be many more people in the queue for connection. In fact, the only thing currently limiting the volume of user connections in those countries where the beta testing program is running is insufficient production of plates (sets of subscriber equipment). There are all hopes for a new plate, a set that will cost $ 250 instead of the current $ 500, and it will be easier to manufacture.