Starlink has launched its satellite internet access service in Martinique and Guadeloupe, with a planned debut in French Guiana in 2023. The company charges EUR450 (USD446) for equipment and connection, with a monthly subscription of EUR65; the satellite broadband link provides download speeds of between 50Mbps and 200Mbps.
TeleGeography notes that Arcep granted SpaceX’s Starlink satellite broadband project a ten-year licence covering the 10.95GHz-12.70GHz and 14GHz-14.5GHz bands to provide internet in France in February 2021. In April 2022, however, the concession was revoked on a legal technicality, after the original decision to grant two frequency bands to the company was over-ruled by France’s highest administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat. The authority said that the decision to award the licence ‘could impact the market of access to high-bandwidth internet and affect the interests of end users’, therefore it would have been required by the law to carry out public hearings before granting the licences, a step which Arcep omitted. Starlink secured a new concession (for the 10.95GHz-12.70GHz and 14GHz-14.5GHz bands) in June 2022.