Starlink tops 1m broadband subs
March 14, 2023
By Chris Forrester
Elon Musk’s SpaceX currently has “well over” 1 million Starlink broadband-by-satellite users, SpaceX VP/enterprise sales Jonathan Hofeller revealed at the Satellite 2023 conference in Washington, DC.
He also told delegates that SpaceX plans to begin testing its Starlink satellite-to-cell service with T-Mobile during 2023. “We’re going to learn a lot by doing — not necessarily by overanalysing — and getting out there, working with the telcos.”
SpaceX and T-Mobile announced their partnership in August 2022, and saying that they intended to end mobile no-zones.
Hofeller added that SpaceX is manufacturing six satellites per day at its facility near Seattle and that he believes the company is no longer manufacturing its previous 1.5 series of Starlink satellites. The company is also producing “thousands” of user terminals per day, he said.
SpaceX has “well over” 1 million Starlink users, Hofeller said, having passed that milestone in December. The company recently announced that its Starlink business “had a cash flow positive quarter” in 2022, and it is aiming for the unit to “make money” in 2023.