SpaceX tests Starlink service in Jordan ahead of launch

Starlink receiver dish
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SpaceX has been rapidly expanding the number of countries where Starlink is available, most recently adding the satellite internet service in Jamaica.

One part of the world that has yet to see the service expand to is the Middle East, but SpaceX has their eyes set on launching the service in Jordan after recently testing Starlink in southern parts of the country.

According to a statement by the Jordan Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) on Monday, the tests have been successful. SpaceX recorded download speeds of 100 to 200 Mbps.

The TRC said it was the first test of its kind in the Middle East, and would be a welcomed in addition for Jordanian citizens in remote areas that lack the infrastructure necessary for broadband internet services, the Jordan News Agency reports.

The Starlink availability map does not currently show an estimated date for when Starlink will launch in Jordan.

While SpaceX has yet to officially expand in the Middle East, the aerospace company has received licenses to operate in two countries.

Earlier this year in April Bahrain’s Communications Regulatory Authority granted a license to SpaceX to provide Starlink satellite internet services in the Kingdom.

Then in September SpaceX was awarded an Individual License for the Provision of Public Satellite Telecommunications Networks and Services in Qatar.

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