Elon Musk's Space X launches Starlink broadband internet service

Elon Musk's Space X launches Starlink broadband internet service

- Elon Musk's Space X will be rolling out Starlink broadband internet services to a group of select consumers

- The Starlink 'Better than Nothing Beta program' will be beamed to consumers via small satellites

- A Starlink app has also been launched on both Google Play and Apple iOS stores for their users

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Elon Musk's SpaceX will be rolling out its own broadband internet service. The Starlink broadband internet service has recently released its pricing for a beta test aimed at the public. The service will be beamed to users through small satellites.

A school district in the Texas area, as well as local US government entities, are currently already using the service. Now the service is being offered out to a small select group of consumers before going global.

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The 'Better than Nothing Beta program' is set to start its initial service for both the US and Canada this year. "Near-global coverage of the populated world" is set to occur next year with no specific dates laid out yet.

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Elon Musk's Space X is set to launch Starlink internet. Source: Patrick Pleul / picture alliance via Getty Images and Paul Hennessy / NurPhoto via Getty Images
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According to the Los Angeles Times, a monthly subscription cost for the Starlink beta program is $99 (just over R1 600). A single payment of $499 (just over R8 100) for hardware, including a user terminal, mounting tripod and Wi-Fi router is also required.

CNBC reported that Space X also launched a Starlink app on both Google Play and Apple iOS stores. Briefly.co.za took to Twitter to see what people are saying about the new service under LA Times' tweet.

@BlueChocobo1 said:

"Elon Musk said that it'll be affordable for everyone. $99 IS NOT affordable. It's no different than the prices of other Satellite providers."

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@_Basler_ wrote:

"$99 dollars is a DEAL compared to what rural areas are offered (which this is targeted towards), especially for the speeds that are promised."

@tsu_creator quote tweeted:

"This is gonna be great for business. I already downloaded their app and it’s gonna always stay on my phone."

Briefly.co.za recently reported on Musk after the nett worths of him, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates dropped when the market took a hit. The market drop was occasioned by the spike in the country's coronavirus cases alongside a lack of a second stimulus plan ahead of upcoming earnings reports from tech companies.

Elon Musk lost $66 million while Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook suffered the biggest loss as his nett worth stood at roughly $101.8 billion after market closed and he lost $2.8 billion. Bill Gates lost $1.7 billion while Alice Walton of Walmart lost $635 million.

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However, chief executive officer of Amazon Jeff Bezos added to his fortune, becoming the only billionaire on the list whose fortune increased. He added $159 million (R2.6 billion) to his wealth.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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