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Starlink arrives in Europe

Elon Musk’s American space company SpaceX has opened its high-speed Internet services to French companies. This network, called Starlink, is based on a constellation of nearly 2,300 satellites in orbit 550 km above the earth.

“Perfectly complements existing services”

During her visit to Paris, SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell was quick to praise Starlink, backing it up with vacation photos. “Even in the most remote corners of the island (Ireland), thanks to Starlink, I had Internet access at speeds of up to 350 megabits per second,” claims the leader, loyal among the faithful, Elon Musk.

And for those worried about satellite availability, the president has a solution. “We do not have the ability to connect all the inhabitants of the planet with our satellites, but we are very complementary to existing services, especially in villages where laying cable is too expensive,” sums up Gwynn Shotwell.

Conquest of the European market

“Without knowing the European market, we initially set our prices for what they offered in the United States, where it is not uncommon in rural areas to pay $ 150 a month for poor-quality Internet access,” explains the President of SpaceX. But the price has recently risen from 99 to 50 euros, to which you still need to add 480 euros for the antenna and Wi-Fi box.

“We now have 75,000 subscribers in Europe, including 10% of them in France, and the number of requests has grown rapidly since we halved the prices of our subscriptions this summer,” says Gwynne Shotwell.

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