Chile will be first LatAm country to receive Starlink access, Subtel confirms

7 Jul 2021

Chile will be the first country in Latin America to receive connectivity via Starlink – the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite broadband provider backed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture. The development was announced by the Department of Telecommunications (Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones, Subtel) on 5 July. The public-private coordination will see satellite broadband made available to schools in the towns of Caleta Sierra (Coquimbo Region) and Sotomo (Los Lagos Region).

Gloria Hutt, Chile’s Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, commented: ‘Sometimes our geography makes the deployment of traditional broadband networks complex. For this reason, we are proud that the Starlink company has chosen Chile as a pioneer country in Latin America to begin the deployment of its satellite internet project, providing capacity and high speed connectivity to two locations in the country.’

TeleGeography notes that SpaceX seeks to become the world’s first high speed, low-latency satellite ISP, coordinating the largest fleet of operating satellites to deliver a consistent broadband service to the most disconnected areas.