Starlink, the satellite internet division of billionaire Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX, now has more than 1,45,000 users across 25 countries globally. Until November 2021, SpaceX had added roughly 11,000 users per month since beginning service in October 2020. SpaceX has about 1,800 Starlink satellites in orbit.

What

  1. Last year, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) conference said Starlink should have roughly 500,000 users within the next 12 months.
  2. The Starlink is already running in 12 countries and expanding. Starlink shipped 100,000 terminals to customers recently.
  3. The project aims to provide global broadband connectivity via a constellation of satellites.
  4. SpaceX began satellite launches in November 2019 and opened its $99 per month beta programme for select customers around a year later.
  5. Sanjay Bhargava, India Director for Starlink, recently stepped down amid the government pressure to get necessary permission for offering satellite-based Internet services.
  6. His resignation comes after the Department of Telecommunications under the Ministry of Communications in December warned Starlink to get necessary permission required to offer satellite-based Internet services in India.

What’s a BFS service?

  1. A high-speed wireless communication to bring internet traffic to a consumer’s home/office via a satellite network in space, also called satellite broadband.
  2. Satellite broadband data speeds can go beyond 300 Mbps, but initial peak speeds likely 100 Mbps

How BFS Works

  1. A satellite network involves geostationary (GEO) or low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites.
  2. The heart of a satellite network operation is an earth station gateway located in a particular region