Arsat will be responsible for the technical coordination between the satellites, which has not yet been done. It’s a long process, so Starlink-SpaceX can reach users in about 3 years. It has also been approved in Mexico, Colombia and Chile
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Enacom Elon Musk’s satellite internet service has been approved to reach Argentina, and Arsat will be responsible for the technical coordination between the satellites, which has not yet been implemented. It’s a long process, so Starlink-SpaceX can reach users in about 3 years. Also approved in Mexico, Colombia and Chile, Arsat will be responsible for technical coordination between satellites, which has not happened yet. It’s a long process, so Starlink-SpaceX can reach users in about 3 years. It has also been approved in Mexico, Colombia and Chile
Through Resolution 1291/2020 published in the Official Gazette in December last year, Elon Musk’s SpaceX company obtained a license to provide broadband Internet service in Argentina through Starlink satellites. In Latin America, it is also approved in Mexico, Colombia and Chile.
The company that requested the license is Tibro Netherlands BV Argentine Branch, which must coordinate with Arsat (State Communications Corporation) the technical aspects of the implementation, since although it does have the license, it is not in a position to operate yet. A series of requirements set by the Undersecretary for Information and Communication Technology (ICT), must be submitted by the Secretariat for Public Innovation of the nation’s Prime Minister.
Likewise, the inter-satellite technical coordination work with Arsat, which has not yet been implemented, has to be done. It’s a long process, so the service could reach users within a few years (sources that Infobae consulted suggest 3 years might be a “reasonable period”).
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For Arsat, this will be a huge challenge since it has not previously worked with LEO (low Earth orbit, i.e. low orbit) satellites such as the Starlink satellites, but with GEO (geostationary satellites in orbit above the equator). In this sense, this implementation represents a technical disruption (at lower costs) with a promising technology, which, by the way, is being tested in the US and Canada, and there are no published results yet.
It is a technological innovation that needs maturity. “It will be an opportunity to gain knowledge in this technology,” a national government official who will work on this app told Infobae.
Starlink must coordinate with Arsat to solve the frequency and connect satellites to Argentine satellite networks, i.e. it must specify which networks they will use. Part of the upcoming process, also includes providing relevant information to the International Labor Organization (ILO, UN body).
In the Enacom decision, it was established that Tibro Netherlands must fulfill several conditions, such as obtaining the corresponding license to use the electro-radio spectrum for a satellite system at the national level.
Internet of the future
SpaceX launched another 60 Starlink satellites on January 20 from the Kennedy Center to provide internet access from low Earth orbit, completing the program’s 17th mission. Thus, it has bypassed the satellites in orbit. It could generate up to $ 30 billion a year, although fixed prices have yet to be announced. With this launch, the company will have sent more than 1,000 quarter-ton Starlink satellites into space.
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In October last year, a Starlink public beta was launched, with an initial service price of $ 99 per month, plus a cost of $ 499 to order the Starlink kit. As you expand your coverage with more satellites, new stakeholders will be accepted. The kit includes a user terminal for connecting to a satellite, a tripod and a Wi-Fi router. Additionally, users should use SpaceX’s Starlink app available on the Google Play Store and App Store.
Over the past few months, the company has conducted a special limited experiment with employees. According to the company, they did well in both response and download speed. In total, there will be more than 42,000 satellites in low orbit, between 328 and 580 kilometers above Earth. Nearly 700,000 people in the United States have shown an interest in the service, according to CNBC.