The Kingdom of Bahrain is the first country in the Persian Gulf to approve SpaceX Starlink Internet service. Bahrain is made up of a small archipelago made up of 50 natural islands and 33 artificial islands situated east of Saudi Arabia and north of Qatar. The country’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) issued the license to the US-based private company this week.
“We are pleased that Starlink has chosen Bahrain as the first market in the Gulf to obtain licenses for its services,” said Director-General Philip Marnick. “This will ensure that consumers and businesses in the Kingdom continue to have access to the most advanced telecom capabilities and services,” Marnick stated.
The Starlink broadband satellite constellation is designed to beam high-speed internet service with low-latency globally. SpaceX currently operates around 2,300 satellites in Low Earth Orbit out of 12,000 that will one day comprise the constellation. The network is very easy to access with a Starlink phased-array antenna that is connected to a Wi-Fi router, without a professional technician. “Using advanced satellites in a low orbit, Starlink enables video calls, online gaming, streaming, and other high data rate activities that historically have not been possible with satellite internet. Users can expect to see download speeds between 100 Mb/s and 200 Mb/s [megabits per second] and latency as low as 20ms [milliseconds] in most locations,” said SpaceX.
The company already provides Starlink internet service to over 250,000 users across 29 countries, including the war-torn country of Ukraine. SpaceX delivered over 3,000 Starlink user terminals to Ukrainians amid the ongoing Russian invasion. Starlink service has demonstrated to be a reliable source of communication for emergency response teams. Learn more about the service at SpaceX’s official website: Starlink.com.
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