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1300 terminals disconnected: APU disturbs Starlink satellite internet outages, – CNN

Internet billing disputes have caused satellites to go offline in a war zone. Most of the terminals were bought by the governments of the US, Poland and the UK, and they also paid part of the sums for connecting the service, SpaceX said.

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Failures in the operation of Starlink satellite Internet are of concern to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This was reported by the American television channel CNN, citing two sources familiar with the situation.

Fears intensified last week, when 1,300 military satellites suddenly turned off due to discussions about funding the project.

Small and easy-to-use satellite dishes made by the private space company SpaceX are recognized as a revolutionary source of communication in the APU. Technology makes it possible to fight and be online even when mobile networks and the Internet are destroyed, CNN noted.

1300 terminals disconnected: APU concerned about Starlink satellite Internet failures, – CNN

1300 terminals disconnected: APU disturbs Starlink Satellite Internet Failures, – CNN

A senior official from the US Department of Defense spoke about the continuation of negotiations with SpaceX to finance the Starlink project in Ukraine. Elon Musk in October announced the continuation of funding for the Ukrainian Starlink network.

“Negotiations are very active. Everyone knows that we are going to pay them. The department wants to have written commitments, we are worried that he (Elon Musk) will change his mind,” the official said.

When were Starlink satellites switched off in Ukraine?

The last satellite shutdown was recorded on October 24. One of CNN's interlocutors called it a “huge problem” for the Ukrainian military. According to him, the terminals were turned off due to lack of funding.

A block of 1,300 terminals, which Ukraine acquired in March from a British company and used in the war zone, was turned off.

“SpaceX charged the Ukrainian military $2,500 a month to connect each unit. By September, the price had risen to almost $20 million. Eventually, the UAF could no longer afford to pay,” said a person briefed on the matter.

1300 Terminals Disabled: APU Worried About Starlink Satellite Internet Outages, – CNN

1300 terminals disconnected: APU disturbs Starlink satellite internet outages, – CNN

A senior Ukrainian official confirmed the outage, calling Starlink internet a very important resource in the war with Russia.

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The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, according to sources, asked British colleagues to pay a monthly bill of $3.25 million until the terminals are completely shut down in October. After discussions within the ministries, it was decided that military capabilities had a higher priority, the British official said.

“We are reviewing and prioritizing all new requests in terms of impact on support for Ukraine in protecting its people from Putin's invasion,” he explained to CNN.

SpaceX sent to the Pentagon in September a letter stating that there are almost 20,000 Starlink terminals in Ukraine. Most were purchased with external funding from the governments of the United States, Poland and Great Britain, it was the authorities of these countries that paid about 30% of the monthly connection bill, the company said. constitute a significant part, the interlocutors noted.

SpaceX had conversations with the Pentagon in mid-October and threatened to stop funding Starlink in Ukraine. The company asked American officials to independently search for tens of millions of dollars a month for the project.