Chile will have Starlink satellite internet services

The places that will have the pilot program are Caleta Sierra and Sotomó.

This is the Starlink project, which consists of a constellation of satellites to provide high-speed, low-latency broadband internet. The places that will have the pilot program are in the north, Caleta Sierra in the Coquimbo Region; and to the south, in Sotomó, Los Lagos Region.

It is expected to improve the quality of life and connectivity, being able to access online classes, telemedicine and electronic commerce through the Subsecretariat of Telecommunications (SUBTEL), an entity that will work with the pilots promoted by the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications (MTT) together with Starlink.

The arrival of Starlink arises after the MTT, through SUBTEL, studied the technical feasibility of conducting social pilot tests in rural and /or isolated communities with digital connectivity problems. For this, an experimental permit was assigned to the company for the non-commercial use of the service.

To make such a connection in the localities, the company granted satellite kits that will allow free internet services for a year. It was agreed that after one year, the cost will be captured by the municipalities. In addition to the pilots, Starlink and SUBTEL intend to add the service to new rural areas to soon cover the entire Chilean territory.

Starlink is a company owned by the South African businessman Elon Musk and will start the first satellite internet operations in Chile, making the country the first in Latin America with this type of technological innovation.