“The power of Elon Musk”: a photo shows how Starlink helped Ukrainians access the Internet | world news

A Ukrainian journalist showed on Friday how SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s decision to activate his Starlink service in the war-affected country is helping residents access the internet in remote villages. Kristina Berdynskykh shared an image of residents of a village in the Kyiv region, saying they were using their mobile phones to connect with loved ones for the first time since internet services were interrupted following the Russian invasion.

“Here is the power of Elon Musk! Residents of Ivankiv, who also lack electricity, mobile communications and internet, are connecting for the first time with loved ones thanks to Starlink and the volunteers who brought it to the city,” the journalist wrote. .

SpaceX is deploying its Starlink constellation in low Earth orbit to provide high-speed internet access around the world, initially focusing on rural and underserved areas. The US aerospace company activated its Starlink service in Ukraine on February 26, days after a government minister urged Elon Musk to provide internet access.

“We were close to getting the approvals to offer the service, but the paperwork wasn’t all signed off,” SpaceX chief Gwynne Shotwell said during a roundtable last month in Washington. After the conflict started, “they tweeted my boss and it was permission to provide capabilities.”

Earlier this week, the US Agency for International Development said it delivered 5,000 Starlink terminals to Ukraine in an effort to boost internet access for residents.

“The terminals will allow government officials and critical citizen service providers to continue communicating within Ukraine and with the outside world,” even as Russia cuts other communications infrastructure in the country, the agency said in a statement. tuesday.

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