According to The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Elon Musk’s SpaceX has provided a total of 5,000 Starlink terminals to Ukraine.
The report states that 3,667 of those terminals were donated by the aerospace company, while the remaining 1,333 terminals were purchased by USAID for deployment in the country.
The donation was made through a public-private partnership with the Ukrainian government and was worth $10 million.
“The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has delivered 5,000 Starlink Terminals to the Government of Ukraine through a public-private partnership with the American aerospace manufacturer, SpaceX.”
USAID says in a press release the terminals have been vital in keeping citizens and government officials connected to the internet amid the ongoing Russian invasion which has targeted the country’s communication infrastructure.
“The Starlink satellite terminals will enable unlimited, unthrottled data connectivity from anywhere in Ukraine. The terminals will allow public officials and critical citizen service providers to continue to communicate within Ukraine and with the outside world, even if Putin’s brutal aggression severs Ukraine’s fiber optic or cellular communication infrastructure connections.”
Since launching the satellite internet service days after Russia’s invasion, the Starlink mobile app has become the most downloaded app in the country.
According to data from Sensor Tower the mobile app has been downloaded 100,000 times.
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