On Tuesday, in a statement, Starlink’s president Gwynne Shotwel said, the company expects to be able to provide continuous global coverage of internet services by around September, subject to regulatory approvals.
“We’ve successfully deployed 1,800 or so satellites and once all those satellites reach their operational orbit, we will have continuous global coverage, so that should be like September timeframe,” said Shotwel to a Macquarie Group technology conference via webcast. “But then we have regulatory work to go into every country and get approved to provide telecoms services.”
Earlier this year in May, Musk had said the low-Earth orbiting satellite network had received more than 500,000 preorders for its internet service and anticipates no technical problems meeting demand.
On its part, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved SpaceX’s plan to deploy Starlink satellites at a lower earth orbit than earlier planned to provide high-speed broadband internet services to people who currently are devoid of internet services.