Will October Be the Month Elon Musk’s Starlink Exits its Beta Phase?

It would be a big step forward for the service

Elon Musk talks Starlink
Elon Musk, the Chief Engineer of SpaceX, speaking about the Starlink project at MWC hybrid Keynote during the second day of Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona.
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The concept behind Elon Musk’s venture Starlink is relatively straightforward: it involves connecting people to the internet via a satellite system. There are a number of scenarios where that could prove useful — from people living or working in a region without internet infrastructure or situated in a remote location. By the beginning of this year, 10,000 people had signed up for the service — a number that has substantially increased since then.

And, as Jody Serrano at Gizmodo reports, Musk recently announced that Starlink will exit its beta phase in October. As is often the case with major announcements from Musk, he did so on Twitter.

As Serrano notes at Gizmodo, this is not the first date Musk has suggested for Starlink’s exit from its beta phase. Musk had originally targeted the end of this summer as the timeframe for that milestone. The article notes that the company moving out of beta would be significant for a number of reasons, including the way it “would indicate the company getting closer for a larger launch of the service.”

Regardless of when Starlink is out of beta, early data about the service offers some promising results. A recent analysis from Speedtest by Ookla showed Starlink outperforming its competitors in the satellite internet space. It offers a lot to be excited about — with next month looming large for this venture.

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