At the beginning of February, SpaceX extended the beta test phase of its Starlink Internet, opening the possibility for people from all over the world to make a reservation for it. Until then, the service was limited to the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. But people interested in Brazil have now started receiving notifications that they can now place the order.
SpaceX wants to offer Starlink Internet phone services
The news comes as part of an expansion of the network's beta testing to give priority to customers who pay the $99 fee when the service launches in their area. To sign up, interested parties must access the Starlink project website and enter their email address and the address where the service will be used.
Advance booking availability in Brazil
Canaltech has already registered to be one of the first in the world queue access to the connection by Elon Musk. Upon signing up, Canaltech received a confirmation email with information that the service will not be available in Brazil until late 2021. After paying the US$99 fee, a deposit confirmation email is received. This amount can be refunded and must be paid in addition to the general costs of the service that is, you will still have to pay US$ 499 to buy the kit with antenna, Wi-Fi router, power source and tripod, in addition to the monthly subscription that it also costs $ 99.
SpaceX stresses that paying the fee is not a guarantee of receiving the service in the area, as the local supply depends on several factors. One, of course, is the release of the service by Anatel, the agency that regulates telecommunications in Brazil. The company must receive authorization from the agency to act as an Internet operator in our country.
Starlink's beta program began in October of last year, and to date SpaceX has been approved to operate the Internet service in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, with the intention of expanding the service to other countries in the near future. For now, users may notice some variation in network speed, which can range from 50 Mbps to 150 Mbps. But the connection is expected to become increasingly stable as more satellites are launched. The company typically conducts periodic launches of 60 units each.