Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, tweeted that the Starlink satellite internet now operational on all seven continents. It follows the FCC's denial of a $886 million Starlink subsidy that would have increased the service. On Sunday, the business added 54 Starlink satellites to its network.
Elon Musk said that Starlink, SpaceX's satellite internet service, had achieved its goal of delivering global coverage by becoming accessible on every continent.
These satellites are now in low-Earth orbit with the other 3,076 operational Starlink satellites. By the middle of 2027, up to 42,000 satellites are expected.
One of the most notable regions where Starlink conducts business is Ukraine. After receiving a request for assistance from Ukraine's vice-prime minister, Mykhailo Fedorov, in February, Musk supplied Starlink terminals to the nation.
Despite operating on seven continents, Starlink was unable to secure the FCC's permission for a $886 million subsidy to extend internet service to remote households and businesses in nearly 650,000 locations across 35 US states. Starlink "failed to demonstrate that the providers could deliver the promised service," the FCC claimed in a statement.
In May, CNBC stated that there were more than 400,000 customers globally, which was the most recent figure for Starlink's user base to be made public.