Wednesday, June 22, 2022 ((rezonodwes.com)) –
Haiti, like the Dominican Republic, is on the official list of countries waiting to take advantage of satellite Internet access services from Starlink, Elon Musk’s company.
However, while on the Dominican side, Indotel reported that the SpaceX-owned service, which provides Internet connectivity using thousands of satellites in space, has already sought regulatory approvals from the state, officials on the Haitian side have yet to say a word about this permission which It will be given to Starlink to work in Haiti.
And even President Louis Abenader himself, as part of the Summit of the Americas, visited the facilities of the company founded by Elon Musk in Los Angeles.
After this meeting, it was reported that the company intends to invest in the country. Well, this intent already has tangible evidence.
On June 2, Indotel published the concession application for the provision of a public telecommunications service for Internet access in the national territory by the Sociedad Starlink Dominican Republic SRL.
In addition, a few months ago – last November – the Dominican National Intellectual Property Office (ONAPI) issued a trademark license to Space Exploration Technologies Corp. to install its satellites in the Dominican Republic.
What will Starlink offer to the Dominican Republic and Haiti?
This is the question many tech enthusiasts in the country are asking. It should be noted that ISP.today, the database of famous Internet Service Providers, already includes the company in the list of Internet Service Providers in the Dominican Republic. It specifies that Space X offers 200 Mbit/s download and 100 Mbit/s download for $99.
It should be noted that this price is the standard cost for it in other countries, so the price may vary at the time of implementation. Louis Abenader himself asserted that the agreements with Starlink-SpaceX would provide “high throughput, low latency and low cost global coverage”.
Starlink’s “Philosophy” and “Challenge”.
Starlink’s goal since its inception has been to “reach areas where connectivity has been unreliable or completely unavailable,” according to its website. Just like digital banks, which want to “interact with the unbanked,” Starlink wants to “connect the unconnected.”
The show seems good for countries with large rural communities, such as ours; It also takes time for ISPs to extend their antennas into rural communities to access high-speed internet.
The big challenge will be to achieve a really low cost. A Starlink global pricing review in March notes that it now costs a one-time fee of $599 (previously $499) for the antenna and router, and $110 (previously $99) for a monthly subscription. The premium product level costs $2,500 to install and $500 in monthly fees. Prices that indicate that those who can pay for Starlink in Haiti and the Dominican Republic will be city dwellers with purchasing power, who already have internet access anyway. (And even, for many of them, it may still be invaluable.)
|France||mid to late 2021|
|Belgium||mid to late 2021|
|Norway||Service expected in 2022|
|Finnish||Service expected in 2022||$99.00, price in US dollars?|
|Sweden||Service expected in 2022||$99.00, price in US dollars?|
|Greece||mid to late 2021||€99|
|Spain||Mid to late 2021-2022||€99|
|Portugal||mid to late 2021|
|Poland||mid to late 2021||449 PLN, equipment 2269 PLN|
|Ukraine||Service expected in 2022|
|South Africa||Service expected in 2022|
|Iceland||Service expected in 2022||USD 99|
|Argentina||late 2021||USD 99|
|Jakarta, Indonesia.||2022||USD 99|
|Kingdom Saudi Arabia||2022|
|British Virgin Islands||2022|
|Madagascar||2022 Source: https://www.reddit.com|