SpaceX, who currently has about 700,000 people registered in the U.S, with interest in its services, has tabled a request before the United States to expand up to 5 million users for its satellite broadband networks in the country.
On Friday, the company informed the FCC that the licenses be changed: “SpaceX Services requested the increase of the authorized units due to a very large demand for Starlink non-geostationary orbit-satellite system. To ensure that SpaceX is in a state of affairs that is able to meet the apparent demand for its broadband Internet Access Services, SpaceX Services requests a significant increase to the number of people that sign up in just a few days to sign up for SpaceX services on www.starlink.com.”
In June, the registration form of SpaceX was included on the website of Starlink. SpaceX has revealed that during this year’s fall, it will provide beta access to help prepare for the commercial launch. Though the 700,000registered buyers are yet to commit to anything, it is clear that Starlink will get some of its buyers from the United States.
Elon Musk, who is the CEO of SpaceX revealed recently that Starlink is experiencing some physical limitations regarding the number of homes it can serve in areas like Los Angeles that are densely populated.
We’re going to have a little number at LA. But we’re not going to have many LA customers, because the bandwidth per cell just isn’t big enough.Elon Musk
However, in the rural areas, there will be no restrictions like this, as revealed by Elon “Starlink will serve the hardest-to-serve customers who would otherwise find it hard for telcos to use landlines or even cell towers.”
Last week, the United States permitted Amazon to go ahead with a similar broadband service named “Project Kuiper”.
Article Source: Newserector
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