Trinidad and Tobago awarded SpaceX a 10-year license to provide Starlink Internet across the Islands. The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) announced this week, marking a further expansion of its presence in the Caribbean. TATT has granted Starlink a "Type 2 Concession for the Provision of a Public Domestic Fixed (via satellite) Telecommunications Network and Public Domestic Fixed Telecommunications Services on a National Geographic Scale." This concession is valid for a decade. Starlink is poised to launch the satellite service by the second quarter this year. Trinidad and Tobago residents can check if the service is available in a specific address at SpaceX’s official Starlink.com website.
Starlink will be a game-changer in rural communities across the two islands, especially during harsh tropical weather seasons when terrestrial internet infrastructures can be affected in the ground. Starlink works even during bad weather because the user terminals directly receive signal from over 4,200 Starlink satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and do not largely depend on ground base infrastructures like fiber-optic cable internet does.
This recent license acquisition in Trinidad and Tobago adds to Starlink's rapidly growing portfolio of operating licenses in more than 50 countries worldwide. Starlink is already available in multiple islands in the Caribbean, including: Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, French Islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe, Barbados, and Starlink is also beaming internet to two of the world’s most remote islands – Pitcairn Island and Easter Island. Just last week, the company obtained a license to operate in Costa Rica, further strengthening its presence in Central America, as previously reported by TESMANIAN. With these expansions, Starlink continues to make significant strides towards its goal of providing reliable and high-speed satellite internet access to underserved regions across the globe. The company's innovative LEO satellite network holds immense potential to bridge the digital divide and revolutionize connectivity for millions of people.
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Evelyn J. Arevalo joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover news as a Space Journalist and SpaceX Starbase Texas Correspondent. Evelyn is specialized in rocketry and space exploration. The main topics she covers are SpaceX and NASA.