Elon Musk’s satellite internet service now used by 150,000 Ukrainians

Delivered at the end of February by Elon Musk’s company, the Starlink terminals allow Ukrainians to no longer depend on traditional infrastructures to connect to telecom networks.

Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the country has suffered heavy damage, both material and human.

Fearing that the territory’s telecom networks would be affected by the fighting, Mykhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Digital Transition of Ukraine, from the first days of the conflict, appealed to Elon Musk to ask him to make its Starlink service available to the Ukrainian people.

150,000 daily users

According to a tweet from Mykhailo Fedorov published on May 2, 2022, the satellite internet service has at least 150,000 daily active users.

“Approximate data on the use of Starlink: there are about 150,000 active users per day. It is a crucial support for Ukrainian infrastructure and for the restoration of destroyed territories. Ukraine will remain connected, whatever it happens,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.

The first terminals of the satellite internet connection service arrived on the territory on February 28. Neither the authorities nor the company then mentioned exact figures on the quantity of material delivered to Ukraine.

Starlink is owned by SpaceX, a spaceflight company owned by Elon Musk. It offers an Internet connection service thanks to a fleet of satellites in low orbit, guaranteeing a connection in the places least well served by the fixed and mobile networks.

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