May 31, 2023


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Elon Musk creates emergency internet for Ukraine via Starlink

In the event of an internet collapse in Ukraine, users residing there can now apparently rely on technology from Elon Musk: Oleg Kotov, an engineer from Kyiv, says he has successfully tested the Starlink satellite internet from Musk’s company SpaceX in his home.

Musk hopes to have half a million Starlink satellite internet users by the middle of next year. As launches continue, Musk’s SpaceX expects to be able to bring the Internet from space to most of the world by August.

Kotov wrote on Facebook: “SpaceX Starlink operates in Kyiv, Ukraine! The receiver is placed right in front of my window, even without setting and with the motors turned off.” The maximum transfer speed was sometimes as high as 200Mbps, says Kotov. .

The founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, had previously activated the Starlink satellite Internet service for Ukraine, which was attacked by Russia. According to media reports, the tech billionaire has now also sent the corresponding peripherals to Ukraine. Hungarian Digital Minister Mikhailo Fedorov confirmed the receipt of the devices via Twitter. Meanwhile, Kotov said in a comment to his message that he has owned such devices for a long time, but it seems that he has not been able to use them yet because the reception has not yet been launched in the country.

When he heard about the availability, the engineer from Kyiv decided to test the device. At first it did not work, which is why he turned to SpaceX. However, the problems were resolved and Kotev was then able to use Starlink. Until now, it has not been possible to independently verify whether the satellite Internet service is actually working properly.

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