Starlink is already in Australia, months earlier than expected

Starlink is in Australia, months early...

On February 9th, SpaceX’s Starlink website allowed customers to start ordering Starlink. At the time the website listed the services as being available from mid-to-late 2021 in Australia.

Starlink is targeting coverage in your area in mid to late 2021. You will receive a notification once your Starlink is ready to ship.

This morning, I received a photo from a trusted contact that lives in Victoria, of a photo of a Starlink Satellite box, a surprisingly early entry to the Australian market.

It is unclear at this stage if an unboxing and installation would see a live connection to the Starlink internet service, however it would be strange to ship the hardware, then make customers wait months to get access.

While the front of the box is very subtle with just the outline of the satellite, the back of the back provides more detail, including the router model number UTR-201.

Starlink costs A$709.00 for the hardware up front, as well as a $100 shipping and handling fee. The service costs A$139.00 per month for a currently unlimited amount of data, at between 50Mbps to 150Mbps however early beta users are reporting speeds of 100Mbps+.

Elon Musk recently announced the speed would increase to as much as 300Mbps and a very competitive 20ms latency.

Starlink received approval to operate Starlink ground stations back in November, 2020.

SpaceX has launched a total of 1,145 satellites, deorbited 64, and currently have 1,081 in orbit.

When the project is done, the total constellation will consist of tens of thousands of Starlink satellites. To day, SpaceX has approval from the FCC for as many as 42,000 satellites.

If you ordered a Starlink service and get the hardware, please let us know in the comments.

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Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021
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  • Jo
    25 February 2021 at 8:08 pm

    No there aren’t tens of thousands low-earth orbit Starlink satellites deployed, currently about 1000, and not all in service

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  • Brian
    26 February 2021 at 10:50 am

    Tech.AU being accurate as always.

    There is not 10’s of thousands of Starlink satellites, only about 1000.

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    • Jason Cartwright
      26 February 2021 at 11:08 am

      Ok if we’re going to be precise, total satellites launched as currently is 1,145, deorbited: 64, currently in orbit – 1,081.

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  • shawn
    26 February 2021 at 1:30 pm

    OK so not 10’s of thousands. Jason just got too excited like I was when I saw this story. Thanks for the news and yes I’m looking forward to moving on from the nightmare that is NBN. Keep up the good work.

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  • Oli
    28 February 2021 at 1:39 pm

    @Jason, My use-case for Starlink would be intermittent (a handful of times a year) for large scale events in the bush. Any indication if the monthly subscription could be paused in fallow months and reactivated when needed?

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  • Dillon
    13 March 2021 at 9:51 am

    Do you know how many more Australian customers have received starlink I have ordered starlink literally cannot wait for my dishy

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  • Marc
    13 March 2021 at 11:13 am
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