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Starlink receives Haiti licence

29 Nov 2022

Starlink – the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite broadband provider backed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture – has received a licence to operate in Haiti. The company has been registered as Starlink Haiti and is permitted to ‘operate freely in Haiti’ using the Ku-band. Starlink equipment can be purchased directly from the company’s website, or obtained by an approved, authorised reseller.

A press release issued by investment firm Resscop & Delaporte, which seemingly brokered the deal, states: ‘The strongest assets of Haiti are the people. Today, the people in rural areas of Haiti do not have readily available access to the internet. With Starlink’s services, the people will be provided the opportunity to obtain reliable internet services … The future development of Haiti is in the hands of those who are empowered to support its ecosystem.’

Previously, in July this year National Council of Telecommunications (Conseil National des Telecommunications, Conatel) authorised SpaceX to commence a two-year pilot programme in Haiti. Earlier that month, meanwhile, neighbouring Dominican Republic became the first Caribbean country to offer connectivity from Starlink on a commercial basis.

Haiti, SpaceX (Starlink), Starlink Haiti

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