SpaceX received its Starlink operator license in Ukraine on Thursday, almost four months after activating its satellite internet service in the country.
News of SpaceX obtaining the license was announced by Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s vice prime minister, who said Starlink “has just been entered in the Register of Providers of Electronic Communications Networks and Services at No. 1.”
According to Fedorov, an official SpaceX office will soon begin active operations in the country.
Starlink Ukraine received an operator license. Actually it’s #1 in Ukrainian Register of providers of electronic communication networks and services. The representative office of @SpaceX is about to start working in Ukraine! pic.twitter.com/HXyTxW0Hg5
— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) June 9, 2022
According to Ukraine’s state register of entrepreneurs and legal entities, Starlink Ukraine LLC was registered in Kyiv on April 27, 2022.
Starlink Holdings Netherlands B.V. is listed as the founder of the Ukrainian company, with Olena Kandya listed as the office head. (via Interfax)
The registration date is almost one month to the day after Fedorov made a plea to Elon Musk to provide Ukraine with Starlink terminals after Russian forces began targeting the country’s telecommunications infrastructure.
SpaceX has since sent about 15,000 terminals to Ukraine, allowing a large number of its citizens and government officials to stay connected to the internet.
The Starlink app quickly became the number one downloaded app in the country after the service launched, with the number of daily active users surpassing 150,000.