Chile’s Subsecretariat of Telecommunications (SUBTEL) has officially approved Starlink to start charging customers for its satellite internet service across the country.
The approval comes after several months of testing in the towns of Sotomó, in the Los Lagos Region and in Caleta Sierra, in the Coquimbo Region.
In a statement this week Chile’s Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Gloria Hutt said Starlink will play an important role in providing reliable, high speed internet service in remote areas of the country.
“As a Government, we seek to create the conditions so that users can have different connectivity alternatives, with high-speed connections that allow them to access online content anywhere in the country ,” she said.
SpaceX has yet to update the Starlink website to allow any customer in Chile to order the satellite internet service. According to the order page, it still says the company is targeting to launch the service in mid to late 2021.
The Starlink hardware costs CLP466,700 ($706 CAD/$573USD), and carries a monthly fee of CLP92,600 ($140 CAD/$113 USD).