Millions of excited people around the world keep asking: “Is Starlink available near me?” In this post, we cover countries where Starlink is available worldwide and the date they joined the satellite-based internet.
What is Starlink?
Starlink is a satellite-based internet constellation that provides internet access to 47 countries around the world (at the time of publication).
The satellite-based internet service is operated by SpaceX, a company owned by American billionaire Elon Musk.
The launch of Starlink began in 2019 with its small satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO), that communicate with designated ground transceivers.
Launch of Starlink around the world
North America is the first continent where SpaceX Starlink was launched in August 2020, the United States being the first country to connect with the product.
The United Kingdom (UK) is the first country in Europe where Startlink was launched in January 2021 while New Zealand is the first in Oceania.
In the South American continent, Chile is the first while Iran is the first to enjoy Starlink in Asia in September 2022.
Nigeria is the first African country to enjoy Starlink internet connection which debuted on January 30, 2023.
Although, the SpaceX founder hinted that Nigeria (A west African country) and Mozambique (a Southern African country) got the approval the same day.
Here are the 47 countries, 6 continents where Startlink is operational:
1. United States
On October 27, 2020, Starlink went live in the United States with emails sent out to those who had earlier shown interest in the satellite internet service. It was called the “Better Than Nothing” beta for the first set of users in the U.S.
One of those who received the email confirmed it through a screenshot he excitedly shared it on reddit, “I just officially received an email invite to the Starlink beta.”
“As you can tell from the title, we are trying to lower your initial expectations.”
Expect to see data speeds vary from 50Mbps to 150Mbps and latency from 20ms to 40ms over the next several months as we enhance the Starlink system. There will also be brief periods of no connectivity at all.
As we launch more satellites, install more ground stations, and improve our networking software, data speed, latency, and uptime will improve dramatically. For latency, we expect to achieve 16ms to 19ms by summer 2021.
The Starlink phased-array user terminal, which is more advanced than what’s in fighter jets, plus mounting tripod and Wi-Fi router, costs $499 and the monthly subscription costs $99.
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Cost of Starlink in the US
Starlink offers three different packages in the United States:
- Starlink internet
- Starlink RV
- Starlink Business
- Hardware: 599 USD
- Monthly access: 110 USD
- Kit: 599 USD
- Monthly subscription: 135 USD
- Hardware: 2,500 USD
- Monthly access: 500 USD
On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, Starlink was live in some areas in Canada such as Ontario, Alberta, and Manitoba, reported Teslanorth.com
And other Canadian locations began to join the satellite internet connectivity with subscribers in Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and British Columbia receiving notifications to join.
What is the cost of Starlink in Canada?
- Hardware: 759 CAD
- Monthly subscription: 140 CAD
3. United Kingdom
On Monday, January 11, 2021, some UK residents who had signed up for the beta reported they started surfing the internet on this day, although some of them had received their Starlink kit as early as December 31, 2020, according to a report by Business Insider Africa.
This means terrestrial internet providers like BT Group and traditional satellite companies such as OneWeb have to step up their game to retain their existing customers.
The unique selling point of Starlink where it is available is the download speed, though quite expensive.
What is the cost of Starlink in the UK?
- Hardware: £529
- Monthly subscription: £89
- Shipping fee: £55
Satellite-based internet provider Starlink started rolling out in Germany on the night of March 9, 2021.
Space editor at Ars Technica and the author of Liftoff: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days That Launched SpaceX, Eric Berger, tweeted:
“In advance of this evening’s planned launch, SpaceX says it is beginning Starlink service in Germany and New Zealand this week, and will expand its existing service in the UK.”@SciGuySpace
5. New Zealand
The first Starlink internet speed test went live in New Zealand in March 2021 with a download speed as high as 148 megabits per second.
As against their traditional internet connection which offers download speeds of 19 50Mbps, Starlink New Zealand is super fast, says 9 and 3 YouTube channel that posted on video installation guide.
With the official public update about the availability of Starlink in Australia on March 29, 2021, it was obvious that Aussie who could afford the satellite-based internet provider would have added another option to the existing ones.
This means that Australians in any part of the country – low and remote-density areas and people living in the cities – can now order Starlink is now available to deliver service Australia-wide.
What is the cost of Starlink in Australia?
- Hardware: 924 AUD
- Monthly subscription: 139 AUD
- Shipping fee: 150 AUD
Meanwhile, the company announced a 50% discount until New Year’s Eve on November 12, 2022.
The satellite-based internet service was made available for France on May 7, 2021, in an update that residents could order.
What is the cost of Startlink in France?
- Hardware: €499 reduced to €450
- Monthly subscription: €99 but now €50
- Shipping fee: €59
Can I use Starlink in my area?
Below is the complete list of countries where Starlink is available for use and order
|1||United States||October 27, 2020||North America|
|2||United Kingdom||January 11, 2021||Europe|
|3||Canada||January 20, 2021||North America|
|4||Germany||March 9, 2021||Europe|
|5||New Zealand||March 26, 2021||Oceania|
|6||Australia||March 29, 2021||Oceania|
|7||France||May 7, 2021||Europe|
|8||Austria||May 7, 2021||Europe|
|9||Netherlands||May 13, 2021||Europe|
|10||Belgium||May 20, 2021||Europe|
|11||Denmark||July 1, 2021||Europe|
|12||Ireland||July 15, 2021||Europe|
|13||Chile||August 9, 2021||South America|
|14||Portugal||August 11, 2021||Europe|
|15||Switzerland||August 26, 2021||Europe|
|16||Poland||September 10, 2021||Europe|
|17||Italy||September 15, 2021||Europe|
|18||Czech Republic||September 30, 2021||Europe|
|19||Sweden||October 30, 2021||Europe|
|20||Mexico||November 5, 2021||North America|
|21||Croatia||November 12, 2021||Europe|
|22||Lithuania||December 2, 2021||Europe|
|23||Spain||January 5, 2022||Europe|
|24||Slovakia||January 6, 2022||Europe|
|25||Slovenia||January 29, 2022||Europe|
|26||Brazil||January 2022||South America|
|28||Bulgaria||February 24, 2022||Europe|
|29||Ukraine||February 26, 2022||Europe|
|30||Romania||April 7, 2022||Europe|
|32||Latvia||April 11, 2022||Europe|
|33||Hungary||May 10, 2022||Europe|
|34||North Macedonia||June 16, 2022||Europe|
|35||Luxembourg||July 26, 2022||Europe|
|36||Dominican Republic||July 28, 2022||North America|
|37||Moldova||August 3, 2022||Europe|
|38||Estonia||August 11, 2022||Europe|
|39||Norway||August 27, 2022||Europe|
|40||Malta||September 10, 2022||Europe|
|41||Iran||September 23, 2022||Asia|
|42||Japan||October 10, 2022||Asia|
|43||Jamaica||October 24, 2022||North America|
|44||Finland||November 21, 2022||Europe|
|45||Peru||January 27, 2023||South America|
|46||Nigeria||January 30, 2023||Africa|
|47||Colombia||February 3, 2023||South America|
How to check the availability of Starlink in your location:
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Usually, there a list of coverage is posted by SpaceX Twitter handle @SpaceX, however, you can also enter your address in the search bar on Starlink Map: starlink.com/map and hit the search button.
Does Starlink work in Africa?
At the time of this update, Starlink works in one African country: Nigeria. Although, it has already got approval to operate in Mozambique. And there are plans to launch in South Africa.
How many countries is Starlink available in?
At the time of publication, Starlink is available in 47 countries and some territories in the U.S and the UK.
Is Starlink available in Nigeria?
Yes, it started working in Nigeria on January 30, 2023. Nigeria is the first African country to use Starlink
Is Starlink internet unlimited data?
Starlink internet data is unlimited, unlike other data service providers that have a cap.
Will Starlink work with cell phones?
At the moment, Starlink can’t work on your phone.
Starlink is currently designed for homes and offices, but there are plans by SpaceX to launch coverage for cell phone coverage with 2,000 equipped Gen2 satellites by 2024.
Is Starlink free for everyone?
Starlink isn’t free. You will have to pay for one-time hardware and a monthly subscription fee to have full access to unlimited data.
Can I sell my Starlink dish?
According to the Agreement to Purchase Starlink Kit and Services, Starlink doesn’t have an accredited distributor or merchant at the moment.
Find out more about Startlink agreement of purchase on its legal agreement page.
However, you can transfer your Starlink kit to someone else if there is an agreement between you and the person.
Can I use someone else’s Starlink dish?
Yes, you can use someone else’s Starlink internet connection if the owner shares their password with you.
Notably, SpaceX announced the availability of Starlink Business in France, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom on September 12, 2022.
With the launch of Starlink in all the continents (except Antarctica where there is no human presence unless for a research stay), SpaceX’s long-term mission will definitely improve internet access, especially at the local remote areas.
Note: This list of countries where Starlink is available will be updated as SpaceX continues to expand its coverage.
- Jon Brodkin (October 27, 2020). “SpaceX Starlink public beta begins: It’s $99 a month plus $500 up front”. arstechnica.com
- Starlink. (2023, February 4). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starlink
- Kate Duffy (January 11, 2021). “Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet service has been approved in the UK, and people are already receiving their beta kits”. businessinsider.com
- Conexión Espacial (August 9, 2021). “Starlink already in Latin America!”. twitter.com
- Reddit User: CoUsT. “Starlink Now Serving Poland! Got the email minutes ago. Excited!”. reddit.com
- Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo (January 5, 2022). “SpaceX Starlink Internet Service Is Now Available In Spain”. tesmanian.com
- Elon Musk (February 2022). “Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route”. twitter.com/elonmusk
- SpaceX (August 2022). “Starlink is now available in Estonia”. twitter.com/SpaceX
- Featured Image by @ErcXspace