Starlink – the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite broadband provider backed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture – has received permission to launch in Mexico. According to El Economista, Starlink Satellite Systems Mexico lodged its request with the Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT) on 2 April this year, and received its licence on 28 May. As per the terms of its licence, Starlink must be operational within 180 days. The ten-year concession is extendable for a further ten years.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Chile will be the first country in Latin America to receive connectivity via Starlink. 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). 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.