In a significant stride towards addressing the persistent issue of sluggish internet connectivity in the Maldives, the government announced on August 24th its decision to grant a coveted license to the high-speed internet venture, Starlink, founded by the visionary billionaire, Elon Musk.
The Maldives has always faced the challenges of subpar internet speeds, oftentimes leaving one wondering whether the internet was down or if the speed was just that slow. This digital hindrance has long hindered seamless communication and the ability to harness the full potential of the online world.
While slow-speed internet is something most of us might have gotten used to in the Maldives, a recent development might finally shed some light onto a solution that can bring us the internet speed that is long overdue. A momentous development took place as the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Technology took a definitive step by extending media invitations for a special event that promises to be a game-changer. The event, scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, is poised to mark the granting of the Internet Service Provider (ISP) license to Starlink. While specific details surrounding the event remain under wraps, the announcement alone has sparked anticipation and excitement within the nation.
Initially anticipated to arrive in the Maldives by February 2021, the launch faced a delay in order to facilitate comprehensive discussions between the government and SpaceX, the parent company of Starlink.
In 2022, the Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Technology, Aminath Shauna, engaged in crucial deliberations with SpaceX, setting the stage for the impending introduction of Starlink's transformative services in the Maldives. As these discussions unfolded, SpaceX expressed a preference for maintaining confidentiality until negotiations reached fruition.
Presently, Starlink's high-speed internet services have permeated a total of 50 countries, encompassing diverse regions such as Europe, North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand. The widespread availability of this service has offered users the promise of reliable connectivity in areas where traditional internet infrastructure struggles to deliver.
A distinguishing feature of SpaceX's Starlink internet service lies in its impressive speed spectrum, spanning from a download speed of 25 and 220 Mbps and an upload speed of over 100 Mbps.