Starlink, the satellite internet service owned by billionaire Elon Musk, has recently been awarded a contract worth 1.56 billion pesos ($89.80 million) to provide free internet access in Mexico until the end of 2026. This announcement was made by a Mexican government official on Wednesday.
The contract with Starlink aims to bridge the digital divide and provide internet connectivity to underserved areas across Mexico. This initiative is expected to have a significant impact on improving access to information, education, and communication for millions of people in the country.
Starlink’s satellite internet service utilizes a constellation of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites to provide high-speed internet access globally, particularly in remote and rural areas where traditional internet infrastructure is limited or non-existent. The service is designed to deliver low-latency internet connectivity, making it suitable for a wide range of applications, including video streaming, online gaming, and telecommuting.
This contract represents a major milestone for Starlink and its mission to provide affordable and reliable internet access to unserved and underserved regions worldwide. It also demonstrates the Mexican government’s commitment to bridging the digital divide and ensuring equal opportunities for its citizens.
In addition to Mexico, Starlink has been expanding its services globally, with ongoing efforts to provide coverage in other countries. The company aims to deploy thousands of satellites to create a global network capable of delivering high-speed, low-latency internet access to even the most remote corners of the planet.
The partnership between Starlink and the Mexican government is a significant step towards achieving universal access to the internet and empowering individuals and communities with the tools and resources they need to thrive in the digital age.