More than half a million people have pre-ordered Starlink, the internet offered via satellites of SpaceX, CNBC reports Tuesday. Elon Musk does not expect problems due to the surge of subscribers, he writes on Twitter.
According to Musk, the challenge only increases when millions of people sign up.
“The only limitation we have is the high population density in urban areas,” he writes on Twitter.
With Starlink, SpaceX is developing a broadband internet system of twelve thousand satellites to provide high-speed internet to paying customers around the world. This should be particularly helpful in areas where there are currently few internet connections. On Tuesday, another sixty satellites were launched.
Starlink costs the first users 99 dollars (82 euros) per month. In addition, people have to pay $ 499 (415 euros) in advance to buy the Starlink Kit. These include a Wi-Fi router and an antenna for connection to the satellites.
Users do not have to expect top performance yet. SpaceX previously reported that data rates range from 50 Mbit per second to 150 Mbit per second. There may be a delay of 20 milliseconds to 40 milliseconds or the internet may even drop out altogether.
When the people who have registered can use the internet, it is still unclear.