SpaceX announced their latest Starlink market, and it is the Caribbean nation of Haiti.
As is tradition, the announcement came via SpaceX’s Twitter account.
Starlink is now available in Haiti → https://t.co/slZbTmYOKV
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 23, 2023
SpaceX received its two-year pilot program license in July 2022 via the Haitian National Council of Telecommunications. A few months later, in November, an investment firm named Resscop and Dalaporte announced that Starlink services were coming to the island. It is unclear if SpaceX is still operating on the limited duration licence or if the Haitian regulators have provided SpaceX with a permanent licence.
In a statement, Resscop and Dalaporte said:
Starlink’s services can further support enterprise and government; and be complimentary to existing terrestrial telecommunications providers. Starlink is perfectly suited to support resiliency, redundancy, and quick response communication needs during disasters.
Over the last several years, Haiti has been hit hard by natural disasters and civil unrest. The hope for many is that Starlink can provide reliable internet for the government, rural communities and businesses to get back on the road to recovery.
Starlink services are available for $50 per month, with the hardware costing a further $500 per Starlink’s site.