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Elon Musk’s Starlink debuts in first Asian country: Japan

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Elon Musk’s Starlink launched in Japan on Tuesday, making it the first Asian country to receive SpaceX’s low-cost satellite internet service.

Aside from Japan, Starlink currently offers satellite internet access in approximately 40 countries.

SpaceX operates the Starlink satellite constellation. It also intends to provide global mobile phone service after 2023.

As of September, SpaceX had over 2,300 operational Starlink satellites in orbit.

SpaceX posted on the microblogging site Twitter, “Starlink launches service in Japan — first country in Asia.”

Musk previously stated that SpaceX had produced over 1 million Starlink terminals.

Last month, the world’s richest man announced that Starlink is now operational on all continents, including Antarctica.

Musk stated on Twitter, “Starlink is now operational on all continents, including Antarctica.”

He also stated that “another batch with lasers reaches orbit” after the company confirmed the deployment of 54 Starlink satellites.

Starlink has a speed range of 50-200 Mbps.

During the summer, nearly 1,000 people live and work at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, and they already have satellite internet, which is unreliable in harsh conditions. According to the US Antarctic Program, there is currently a 17 Mbps link for everyone.

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While studying economics, Brendan found himself comfortably falling down the rabbit hole of restaurant work, ultimately opening a consulting business and working as a private wine buyer. On a whim, he moved to China, and in his first week following a triumphant pub quiz victory, he found himself bleeding on the floor based on his arrogance. The same man who put him there offered him a job lecturing for the University of Wales in various sister universities throughout the Middle Kingdom. While primarily lecturing in descriptive and comparative statistics, Brendan simultaneously earned an Msc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Wales-Bangor. He's presently doing something he hates, respecting French people. Well, two, his wife and her mother in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala.

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