Elon Musk has received approval from the U.K.’s communications regulator for its Starlink satellite broadband system. The approval will help Elon Musk’s SpaceX to enter the U.K. broadband market. SpaceX will have to face competition with existing Internet providers in the U.K. like BT Group, Inmarsat, OneWeb, and Bharti Global.
The Starlink satellite broadband system has also get approval from Greece, Germany, and Australia.
SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk, has launched about 180 Starlink internet satellites into low-earth orbit. It aims to launch 30,000 small satellites in the coming years to create a satellite internet mega-constellation in space. The Federal Communications Commission has already approved the launch of 12,000 of the 30,000 satellites. Some of these satellites will be used for military, scientific, or exploratory purposes.
Now, SpaceX plans to provide high-speed internet service via these communication satellites to customers worldwide, especially for people living in remote areas.
Several other companies are also planning to launch mega-constellations including Amazon, OneWeb, and Telesat. But scientists are concerns that these thousands of satellites have apparent brightness and will affect the astronomical observations. These satellites will also contribute to space debris and will increase the risk of a satellite collision.
Elon Musk said that Starlink would likely go public once its revenue growth becomes reasonably predictable.