Elon Musk’s Starlink has become the most downloaded app in Ukraine

Starlink, the app that allows mobile users to access satellite internet from SpaceX of the same name, was the most downloaded app in Ukraine, according to data it saw. Wall Street Magazineafter a swift delivery by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk of stations providing service in the war-torn country last month.

Key facts

  • Sensor Tower, a company that provides data to the App Store and Google Play, told Wall Street Magazine The app was downloaded 21,000 times globally on Sunday – the most installs in a single day globally, with most downloads coming from Ukraine.
  • According to Sensor Tower, the app has been downloaded nearly 100,000 times in Ukraine, and global downloads have more than tripled in the past two weeks.
  • Starlink became available in Ukraine a few days after the invasion of Russia, when the country’s Minister of Digital Transformation, Mikhailo Fedorov, appealed to Elon Musk via Twitter to provide Ukraine with terminals that would allow the service to be provided. The request was quickly accepted by Elon Musk.

Context

An email from Tesla seen by CNBC last week shows that the automaker, for which Elon Musk is also CEO, helped with the rapid delivery of Starlink stations to Ukraine for two days, by providing Tesla battery storage systems to power them. Internet outages have been a growing problem in Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion three weeks ago. Britain’s Ministry of Defense warned last week that Russia was “likely” targeting Ukraine’s communications infrastructure, but that internet access could also be cut off due to collateral damage from Russian attacks. The ministry reported power outages in Mariupol, Sumy, Kharkiv and the capital, Kyiv. On March 9, the besieged city of Mariupol was virtually without internet for a week in a row, according to NBC News, which relies on data from a US internet monitoring company. last week, Forbes It reported that a major ISP in Ukraine had been repeatedly hacked, resetting service devices to factory settings, although it was unclear if Russia was directly behind these attacks.

Article translated from the American Forbes magazine – Author: Mason Pesada

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