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Elon Musk says Starlink internet will exit beta status next month

SpaceX's satellite internet service is apparently preparing to enter its next phase.

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SpaceX Starlink satellites

A stack of SpaceX Starlink satellites about to be deployed in orbit.


SpaceX's Starlink internet service will come out of its beta testing phase next month, company founder Elon Musk confirmed in a terse tweet Friday.

Starlink is designed to improve internet speeds by sending thousands of small satellites into orbit, where they form constellations of flying routers that beam connectivity back to Earth. It launched in beta last October, and has built momentum throughout 2021 -- it apparently jumped from 10,000 customers in February to shipping 100,000 terminals last month.

CNET's John Kim signed up for the service at his home in California and tested it at a variety of locations in May. At home, he averaged download speeds around 78Mbps, and latency of around 36ms.

Locating local internet providers

SpaceX was aiming to achieve global coverage in the fall, company president Gwynne Shotwell said over the summer.

The company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on Musk's tweet.

Locating local internet providers

Watch this: Testing Out SpaceX Starlink Satellite Internet