Elon Musk’s satellite internet provider, Starlink, experienced a network outage earlier today but has since resolved the issue. The company confirmed the outage and posted an update on social media, without specifying the number of affected users or locations. However, users globally, including many in New Zealand, reported a loss of connection.
The website downdetector.co.nz reported a significant increase in complaints about the service going offline, with over 1860 individuals highlighting the issue around midday. On the StarLinkNZ Facebook page, several regular users mentioned that this was the first outage they had experienced in over a year.
Starlink, a series of satellites operated by SpaceX, Musk’s company, was designed to provide high-speed and low-latency internet on a global scale. It has been particularly beneficial for those living in remote areas or during times of disaster. After Cyclone Gabrielle struck, Starlink played a crucial role in New Zealand, as Civil Defence teams, such as those in Gisborne, relied on it to establish communication outside the region when regular telecommunication connections were down for almost a week.
The recent network outage caused inconvenience for Starlink users, but the company moved swiftly to address the issue and restore service. Starlink’s continued commitment to improving internet access in remote areas and during emergencies has made it a valuable resource for individuals and organizations around the world.