- Starlink's global internet traffic shows significant growth, nearly tripling in 2023.
- Expansion to new countries, including Kenya, the Philippines, and Zambia.
- Despite competition, Starlink leads in satellite communication with around 5,000 satellites.
Starlink, the satellite internet service from SpaceX, has witnessed a significant increase in use this year. Data from IT security firm Cloudflare reveals that global internet traffic from Starlink nearly tripled in 2023.
Expanding global access
The service, known for providing high-speed internet through a network of low-orbit satellites, expanded its footprint to several new countries. This expansion includes nations such as Kenya, the Philippines, and Zambia, marking Starlink's presence in over 50 countries.
In the United States, Starlink's traffic grew by two and a half times. Notably, Brazil, where the service was launched last year, saw a 17-fold increase in traffic compared to 2022.
Competition in the satellite sector
While rival networks like Amazon's Project Kuiper and OneWeb are emerging, Starlink remains a dominant force in the satellite communication sector. With approximately 5,000 satellites in orbit, it has established a considerable lead over its competitors.
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