Starlink works on all continents, including Antarctica, but not in Russia
On September 19, after the launch of the next batch of Starlink satellites, Elon Musk announced that the satellite Internet from SpaceX now works on all continents, even in Antarctica. This is true, but there is a nuance.
On the official map Starlink coverage has indeed appeared on all continents, but not in all countries. For example, northern Canada, Norway, Sweden, all of Finland and Iceland, all of Africa, most of South America, all of Asia do not yet have Starlink connectivity. But it is planned.
For the northern countries, most of the countries of South America, Japan, the Philippines and a number of other countries, the launch of the service is planned for the end of 2022 – the beginning of 2023. Around the same time, some of the countries of central Africa will join Starlink. In Kazakhstan and Indonesia, the services will start in 2023.
In fact, on the coverage map, only a few countries have a gray color, that is, the launch of Starlink is not even planned in them. These are Russia, Belarus, China, Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela, Syria, Iran and Afghanistan, i.e. all the countries that in one way or another will support Russian aggression against Ukraine. Well, that’s right, why do they need it. In the USSR, there was no Internet at all, that is, its descendants did not need it either.