Second-Gen Starlink Network Promises Faster Speeds, More People Served

SpaceX tells the FCC that Starlink is now serving 90,000 users in 12 countries, up from 69,000 in late June.

By Michael Kan August 3, 2021

Hundreds of thousands of internet users continue to wait for access to SpaceX’s satellite broadband network, Starlink. So how will the company keep up with the demand? 

SpaceX has revealed a few more tidbits about its second-generation Starlink network, which will be made up of nearly 30,000 satellites—or about 17 times larger than the existing network.

The company revealed the plans in a presentation last week to the FCC, which was first spotted by CNBC. The documents say Starlink is “rapidly rolling out internationally,” and is now serving 90,000 users in 12 countries, up from 69,000 in late June. In addition, the company has launched 1,740 Starlink satellites to expand the network, which can currently deliver download speeds from 50Mbps to 150Mbps or higher. 

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