Mongolia has granted two licences to Starlink for internet service in the country. The announcement comes as Mongolia looks to take advantage of the company’s rare earth and copper deposits within its mountainous region.
Per Reuters, the Mongolian Government and SpaceX have been in talks since 2023. When the two entities met during the Mobile World Congress, which took place in Barcelona. Following those meetings, the Mongolian Prime Minister and Elon Musk had a virtual meeting where they discussed investments and cooperation in the EV sector.
Minister for Digital Development and Communications Uchral Nyam-0sor said this at the announcement about the Starlink licences:
A network of fibre optic cables already provides wide-reaching access to high-speed internet across Mongolia, but this technology will provide greater access to hard-to-reach areas. Herders, farmers, businesses and miners living and working across our vast country can access and use information from all over the world to improve their lives.
It is unclear when the service will go live, and the Starlink site has not been updated with a timeframe. We have also not seen the pricing structure yet.