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Ukraine receives shipment of Starlink terminals less than 48 hours after Elon Musk promised them

Ukraine received a shipment of Starlink terminals on Monday, less than 48 hours after SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the service had been activated in Ukraine to alleviate some of the internet disruption the country is experiencing amid the invasion and cyberattacks from Russia.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov tweeted a photo of a truckload of Starlink terminals around 10:00 p.m. in Ukraine on Monday evening, confirming that they had arrived.

“You’re welcome,” Musk replied.

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Musk previously said on Saturday that Starlink was active in Ukraine and that terminals were on the way after Fedorov reached out to him on Twitter.

Starlink Premium requires a refundable deposit of $500 and charges a hardware fee of $2,500 and a service fee of $500 per month. Premium deliveries are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2022. (Starlink)

Oleg Kutkov, an engineer based in Kyiv, tweeted that Starlink was working in Ukraine on Monday evening with download speeds of 137 megabits per second.

SpaceX has launched about 2,000 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit, which provide high-speed internet by connecting to user terminals on the ground, like the ones Ukraine received on Monday.

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Ukraine has experienced periodic internet outages over the past week as Russian forces invaded from the north, south and east, according to internet monitor NetBlocks.

Since Starlink does not rely on traditional terrestrial Internet infrastructure, it is theoretically an ideal service in war zones, disaster situations and other hard-to-reach areas.

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After a volcano erupted and severed South Pacific islands from Tonga last month, SpaceX sent Starlink terminals for free while an undersea cable was being repaired.

Starlink’s basic service is $99 per month and its premium service, which is expected to launch later this year, is $500 per month.