Telecommunications minister, Daryl Vaz, says he’s confident that Starlink, which is owned by South African billionaire Elon Musk, being given the greenlight to operate in Jamaica will bring major benefit to the island.
Starlink, which is owned by Mr. Musk’s company SpaceX, is the world’s first and largest satellite constellation.
The entity uses a low Earth orbit to deliver broadband Internet capable of supporting streaming, online gaming, video calls among other services.
The telecommunications minister says the introduction of Starlink to the Jamaican market space is part of the Government’s efforts to broaden connectivity across the island.
Minister Vaz says he has underscored to representatives of Starlink challenges being faced in rural Jamaica with internet connectivity.
Daryl Vaz, telecommunications minister speaking with Nationwide News.
Starlink has been in operation since 2019. The company is established in more than 30 countries.
Starlink has promoted itself as offering unprecedented connectivity continuity, especially during cases of natural disaster and emergency response.
Apart from its general 24 hour, seven-day-a-week services, the company has also provided support in a range of countries in the aftermath of hurricanes, during wildfires and flooding and bolstered public and private sector efforts after various crisis.