Starlink granted licence to provide internet services in Fiji

Starlink granted licence to provide internet services in Fiji

By Rashika Kumar
Saturday 18/11/2023
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Starlink (Fiji) Pte Limited will now be able to provide internet services to businesses and customers in Fiji as the Ministry of Communications has granted a spectrum licence while the Telecommunications Authority of Fiji has granted a telecommunications licence to the company.

The Government in a statement says complementing terrestrial connectivity, the evolution of low-earth orbit satellites constellations in providing robust telecommunications services has come as a lifeline for geographically dispersed countries like Fiji.

It says with low latency, high speeds and simple plug and play setup, the low-earth orbit satellites are fast becoming the technology of choice for island nations and geographically sparse areas.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Communications, Manoa Kamikamica says the licencing of Starlink for commercial use is a game changer for Fiji as it strengthens Fiji’s resilience in providing connectivity during natural disasters.

He says this also serves the purpose of the Fiji Government’s efforts in connecting the unconnected population in maritime communities without significant upfront capital costs incurred.

Kamikamica adds he looks forward to Starlink and existing telecommunications companies partnering with the Ministry to bridge the digital divide.

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