Elon Musk announces via Twitter that the Starlink satellite Internet system is now available to users in Ukraine. The founder of SpaceX and Tesla is not doing this lightly, but in response to a request from Ukraine. It is not clear if people there will get free access to the system.
Musk announced this news via his own Twitter profile. The top executive did so in response to a request from Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister. The request includes whether Elon Musk will make his Internet system available in Ukraine. And whether he would call on “right-thinking Russians” to stand up.
Elon Musk brings Starlink to Ukraine
Elon Musk doesn’t respond to the second request, but he does respond to the first. Musk also adds that more satellites are on the way, for better connectivity. The fact that Starlink is available in Ukraine could help tremendously. Because that’s a system that Russia can’t just turn off, to limit information services.
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Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 26, 2022
Since February 24, people in Ukraine have been experiencing dropped internet services. And otherwise the services are incredibly slow, all of which is to the detriment of information and communication in general. This is a useful tactic during war, as it can cause a lot of fear and confusion.
Cannot be eliminated
Where many Internet services can be turned off on the ground, via cables or nodes, Starlink cannot. Those satellites are suspended in the air. Russia can only disable this system by firing missiles at it, but the question is whether it will do so. Starlink has 1469 satellites in orbit.
The system offers internet speeds of 50 to 150 Mbps, but in some regions the speed is higher. It also depends on the subscription you purchase for it, as well as your location relative to such a satellite. It is not known whether Ukraine will temporarily have free access to Elon Musk’s internet service.