“Possibly over 500,000 users within 12 months.”
Before the world welcomes back the SpaceX Inspiration4 crew from their space mission, its CEO and Tesla owner Elon Musk had an announcement about its Starlink internet. On Friday, Sept. 17, the billionaire revealed that Starlink’s open beta mode will soon begin, sometime in October. Is this real?
Starlink open beta
Since the day that Musk eliminated its public relations team, the press usually gets their info via the billionaire’s Twitter posts. After all, Musk has been active on social media and answering questions on his thread.
Last week, though, he confirmed that the Starlink internet will now open its services for more users by “next month.” This was his answer to a Twitter user who tweeted on his different Tesla announcement thread on his account.
Unfortunately, there was no additional information Musk mentioned in his post about the “open beta.”
Elon Musk Starlink promises
Technically, Musk has not yet given any information on when the Starlink will be fully operational for most countries in the world. However, in a The Verge report, the billionaire said that he hoped to see the broadband internet operational by August.
Of course, this promise didn’t happen. Now, there are theories that the October date that he mentioned above could be true.
As reported before, Musk opened the public beta test of Starlink in October of last year. So, if his claims are real, Starlink may be waiting for a whole year for it to finally start its massive launch.
How much is Starlink?
Last February, Tech Visibility already reported about the potential of Starlink to be used by humans on Earth.
In the said report, the Starlink internet offers download speeds of 100Mbps as of the lowest with only less than 31 milliseconds of latency.
At the time, the beta mode of the said internet provider was only 10,000 users that were based on “invite-only.” Meanwhile, since the number was still limited, the company called the beta mode “Better Than Nothing,” simply mocking people who thought creating internet provider from space is easy.
In a separate report from The Verge, it says that the Starlink internet would cost $99 for an antenna-router bundle. Anyone could pre-order the said service for that amount.
However, it was clarified by Starlink that the shipment for such a bundle is still on a “first-come-first-basis” setup. So, if you have not yet received your bundle, it may still take time in the future.
Starlink Beta mode countries available
As said, there is still no assurance on the details about the Starlink’s beta mode. But, if we will based on a different report from The Verge, the internet service could be offered for 14 countries across the globe.
Now, Musk said that the Starlink already flew out 100,000 terminals in space. With that number, we could say that there is a 40-60 chance that the billionaire will commit to his promise.