Starlink, Elon Musk’s satellite internet, available in the Dominican Republic

Saturday, July 30, 2022 ((rezonodwes.com)) – Starlink, the satellite internet service of SpaceX, one of billionaire Elon Musk’s companies, is now available in the Dominican Republic, to expand high-speed internet access In the Caribbean. For Haiti, we expect 2023…

The information, which had leaked since June, is confirmed by the company itself this Thursday, July 28 via its Twitter account. This marks a new milestone for the Dominican Republic, as it has become the first independent state in the Caribbean to have this Satellite Internet service.

The Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (Indotel) said this Friday that the entry into the Dominican Republic of the company SpaceX and its satellite Internet project, Starlink, is the result of the government’s efforts to develop a more competitive market with more options, which benefits Dominican men and women who use telecommunications services

A statement sent to this newsroom clarifies that the government of the Dominican Republic, through Indotel, has promoted programs and plans to improve connectivity levels in the country and created the conditions to strengthen the climate of investment in the market.

The President of the Republic, Luis Abinader, through Decree 539-20, declared high-speed Internet access and the productive use of information and communication technologies (ICT) of high national interest; and INDOTEL was responsible for drawing up the National Broadband Plan.

Among the projects that the regulatory body has developed on the basis of the aforementioned decree, the “improvement of connectivity for digital transformation” stands out, which consists of the deployment of telecommunications infrastructure of fiber optic networks in unserved or low coverage areas.

In addition, thanks to the signing of concession contracts with the main service providers, legal certainty has been given to investments in the sector and a constant climate of investment and development has been ensured for the next 20 years. In addition, as part of the obligations established in these contracts, there are “minimum expansion plans” which guarantee increased coverage in remote areas with low network penetration.

One of the actions that the Dominican State has taken to help bridge the digital divide is the establishment of free Wi-Fi Internet access points and
distributed throughout the national territory, 1,087 WiFi points are currently in service.

The INDOTEL Board of Directors, and its Chairman, Nelson Arroyo, have created the conditions for the international bidding process to be conducted for the implementation of fifth generation (5G) mobile networks; making the Dominican Republic the second country in Latin America to have such technology.

The Dominican Republic has a robust and secure telecommunications sector with a market open to free competition.

With these actions, the Dominican government and INDOTEL ensure the development of the telecommunications sector, the increase in coverage and the reduction of the access gap to the fixed and mobile network and to satellite services; making the Dominican Republic a benchmark for connectivity in the region.

Starlink Pricing
Starlink has a price consisting of several payments. On the one hand, you have to pay the price of the hardware kit, which is the one that contains the antenna, the router and all the cables. Then you have to pay the shipping costs and finally you have to pay your monthly fees as well.

For the Dominican Republic, the monthly fee will be RD$7,080, although the kit alone would cost RD$38,900, while in Europe the price of the Starlink kit is 499 euros, 60 euros for shipping , plus the monthly payment of 99 euros.

In the United States, the monthly cost is 112 USD, the self-installation kit (antenna, router and cables) costs 699 USD, and the shipping costs are 69 USD. But for the “premium program”, the monthly payment is 500 USD and the self-installation kit costs 2500 USD.

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