Starlink satellite internet is expanding at a rapid pace but when will it make it in Nepal? As per the company, we may not have to wait much, but that will also require some work with the regulator. Let’s delve into it.
Recently, SpaceX the parent company of Starlink released a coverage map. It reflects the aggressive coverage the satellite internet is gaining across the world. As the map showed, the Starlink broadband is now available in 32 countries across the world.
On the map, the company has divided its coverage into three categories – Available, Coming Soon, and Wish List. It shows that a large share of the US, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and South America have the coverage. The company tweeted that countries marked “Available” will have the equipment “shipped immediately.”
Likewise, the map shows that SpaceX’s satellite will soon roll out. This includes an entire African continent, parts of the US, India, and others. Nepal can also be seen in this same category. As per the company, these countries will get the Starlink connection beginning from 2023. Also read: Starlink Internet Active in Ukraine, Says Elon Musk
A report by the Rest of the World in April had shown that Starlink services are widely limited to the US, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. The map indicates the company’s growing ambition to expand globally.
Previously, many who ordered the service had complained of getting the necessary terminal late. Besides, many were left enraged after it emerged that the price of the internet was raised after they subscribed to a deal. But when it comes to supplying the terminal, SpaceX seems to have improved its delivery time.
Starlink internet in Nepal
As seen on the map, Nepal is seen under the category “Coming Soon” by the Elon Musk-led company. Expectedly, it will be available for subscription from next year, 2023. Though, the company had previously planned to launch the service this year.
Besides, other South Asian neighbors also fall under the same category. They can expect to get the satellite connection by 2023. In India, the company has run into trouble with the regulator, DoT. Meanwhile, the service may not be in the plan for SpaceX at all.
For the service, Starlink will first require approval from a country’s telecom authority. In Nepal’s case, it will be MoCIT and NTA. Then the interested people could book their subscription.