SpaceX Starlink broadband satellite internet service is now available in Mexico. The company registered its broadband branch as 'Starlink Satellite Systems México, S. de RL de CV' and it already has regulatory permission from the Ministry of Finance and the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT) to begin operations across the country.
SpaceX sent emails to potential customers who signed up via Starlink.com to receive updates about when the service would be available in their region. SpaceX wrote the email in Spanish language, informing the public about how they can pre-order the service to reserve a spot through the web portal and what they can expect from the satellite constellation.
SpaceX told customers that it will fulfill orders on a first-come, first-served basis with "limited availability" per coverage region. Starlink users in Mexico can expect data speeds that range between 100Mbps and 200Mbps (megabits per second) for the next couple of months, with latency of around 20ms (milliseconds). The company also states that there may be short periods without connection as it works to deploy more satellites to low Earth orbit in 2022. To date, SpaceX operates approximately 1,797 internet-beaming Starlink satellites that provide internet connection to 16 countries around the world. Overall, the network will comprise 20,000 satellites providing high-speed internet access to customers worldwide.
SpaceX primarily aims to serve customers living in rural and remote regions, where internet access is unreliable or unavailable. Starlink cost is the same price globally, plus tax and shipping which varies by country. According to information on SpaceX's website, those who would like to use the service in Mexico can order a Starlink Kit, which includes a dish antenna and Wi-Fi router to access the network, for $11,579 pesos and the internet service fee of $1,981.90 pesos plus tax (known as 'IVA'). With their local tax rate they would pay $2,299 pesos per month, which is almost equal to what United States customers pay for Starlink in dollars (See document below).
The company does inform potential customers who submit a pre-order that the shipment of their equipment could be completed until 2022, or even early 2023, and that pre-ordering now means that they are registered in the waiting list. The delay could be due to the fact that SpaceX needs to launch more satellites to extend broadband coverage, as well as the Silicon shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that affected production and transportation sectors on a global scale. For official information visit: Starlink.com FAQ
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