Elon Musk says his company SpaceX’s Starlink satellite broadband service has been activated in Ukraine, whose internet was disrupted cause from Russia invasion.
the tech billionaire made the announcement on Twitter in response to a tweet from a Ukrainian government official saying that while Musk is trying to “colonize Mars”, Russia is trying to occupy Ukraine. the minister called on Musk to provide son country with Starlink Stations.
“@elonmusk, while you’re trying to colonize Mars – Russia is trying to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land of space – Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civilian people!” The vice of Ukraine prime ministerMykhailo Fedorov, tweeted.
In his response on Saturday, Musk said, “Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals along the way.”
Internet connectivity in Ukraine was affected by the Russian invasion, in particular in the southern and eastern parts of the country with the heaviest fighting, internet monitors say on Saturday.
Starlink is a satellite internet service system that SpaceX has been building for years to bring internet access to underserved areas of the world. He presents himself as “ideally suited” for areas where Internet service is unreliable or unavailable.
Although extremely costly deploy, satellite technology can provide internet for people who live in rural or hard-to serve locations where fiber optic cables and tours cells do not reach. the technology can also be a critical support when hurricanes or other natural disasters disrupt communication.
musk said on January 15 that SpaceX had 1,469 Starlinks satellites active and 272 moving to operational orbits soon.