SpaceX just received approval from the FCC to launch 4,425 satellites into space to build a low earth orbit network of satellites to sell home Internet a few weeks ago. Now SpaceX has announced plans to launch its first set of satellites for the new internet service later this week after its launch last week was delayed. Unlike current satellite Internet, these devices will be in a far lower orbit and offer far faster speeds without the data caps current satellite systems use.
This has raised questions about when you will be able to get SpaceX’s new highspeed internet. Now according to reports, SpaceX plans to start selling high speed internet in late 2019 or early 2020. According to reports SpaceX plans to have its full worldwide network live in 2027 but parts of the network are going live within the next year.
The goal is that this new system will offer robust high-speed Internet, especially in developing countries and rural parts of developed nations like the United States. While you may not be running out to buy this if you have fiber Internet, it could bring true wireless Internet options to Americans who currently have no real options.
SpaceX has already launched several test satellites to prove the system works. Now they have permission to move forward with a larger rollout of 4,425 satellites.
The system also promises to help relief efforts that currently spend hundreds of dollars a day for 5 Mbps Internet. With this system, relief workers can access high-speed Internet even in areas hit by a major disaster.
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