SpaceX Starlink Internet Users Celebrate Launch in Germany

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Photo: Reddit user u/TheBigCheese603

SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet has gone live in Germany, according to a post on Reddit depicting the Starlink dish set up in a user’s yard. The post, as shared by u/TheBigCheese603 in the Starlink subreddit, includes the caption “Dishy is live in Germany,” referring to SpaceX’s dubbing of the satellite hardware as “Dishy McFlatface” earlier this year.

The user, who lives in Bitburg, Germany reported speeds of up to 135 Mbps, averaging between 50 and 75 Mbps. While the user reported that they were “still trying to figure out the best area to leave Dishy,” they said the service was “already a huge improvement over Telekom.”

SpaceX’s Starlink internet works using various ground stations throughout the world to connect to a constellation of low-Earth orbiting (LEO) satellites, which SpaceX says will cover most of the world by the end of this year, covering the rest of the world by the end of 2022.

As a result, SpaceX is launching dozens of Starlink satellites a few times a month, with service being added to new countries often.

Starlink also went live in Australia earlier this month, with those in Portugal set to receive access to the satellite internet service in June. SpaceX has also partnered with indigenous tribes in remote Northwest U.S. locations, including the Nooksack Tribe most recently, as well as the Hoh Tribe last fall.

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