Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, says Starlink’s satellite internet service will be out of general beta in October. Of course, given Mask’s previous promises, it might be better not to rely too much on this claim.
The CEO of SpaceX on his personal Twitter page, in response to the question of when the Starlink service will leave the beta phase, simply wrote “next month” and did not provide any other information. Elon Musk has previously said that Starlink will probably end the beta phase by the end of the summer, but given that there are only a few days left until the end of the summer, he is unlikely to be able to deliver on that promise.
Leaving the beta phase will mean that SpaceX is one step closer to the wider launch of the Starlink service. The company in May had claimed more than 500 thousand orders that they have received. Starlink currently serves more than 100,000 users in several different countries via 1,700 satellites.
Due to the high level of customer satisfaction, SpaceX does not guarantee that all orders will be delivered soon. Musk said in May that the first 500,000 people are likely to have access to satellite internet, but will face a bigger challenge when the number of customers reaches several million.
The CEO of SpaceX said capacity constraints would be a major problem in densely populated areas, but that slum dwellers and remote areas were unlikely to be a problem. The company is currently licensed by the United States to provide 1 million user terminals. But they still want to provide users with a maximum of 5 million terminals.
According to a recent report, SpaceX is working to increase customer production capacity to deliver customer orders more quickly.