Starlink: Elon Musk’s internet service is authorized by Anatel to operate in Brazil

Deepak Gupta January 29, 2022
Updated 2022/01/29 at 5:15 AM

Last year, the internet service starlink, by businessman Elon Musk, had its entry into Brazil postponed by Anatel. At the time, some bureaucratic processes prevented the company from operating in the country in 2021. Now, the meeting that was scheduled to take place in February was brought forward to today (28/01) and the SpaceX company finally got authorization to start the operation of bringing broadband to the population, mainly in places where national operators do not serve.

The authorization took place after some board members asked for time to better analyze the company’s proposal, which already has a national CNPJ. Thus, the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) granted Starlink the right to explore low-orbit satellites until 2027 in a way unanimous. In the beginning, the agency had considered giving the concession to SpaceX until 2033, but decided to reduce the deadline.

It is also highlighted that Starlink will not have the right to protection, which does not allow the company to claim interference from other competing services.

According to one of the counselors responsible for opening the process, Emmanoel Capelo, the insertion of Starlink Brazil Holding Ltd in the country will help Brazilians who do not have internet access.

“It is in the company’s interest to provide broadband internet access to customers throughout the Brazilian territory, which will certainly be very opportune for schools, hospitals and other establishments located in rural or remote regions,” said Capelo. .

Constellation of 4,400 satellites

according to communiqué issued by the agency, in the medium term, SpaceX intends to place the Starlink constellation, composed of 4,408 non-geostationary orbit satellites in operation.

In addition to SpaceX, the Swarm Technologies will also place in the medium term the Swarm constellation of 150 non-geostationary orbit satellites to operate in Brazil. The company will be able to explore and use radio frequencies through a legal representative of Swarm Brazil Satélites Ltda, until September 7, 2035.

When he revealed his vote for the approval of SpaceX and Swarm exploration, Campelo said: “The new satellite constellations are not only composed of hundreds or thousands of artifacts, but also already have promises of expansion of these quantitatives”.

Thus, Anatel’s decision guarantees that any change in the number of satellites must be informed and will require a new authorization by the agency.

See how Starlink works in the video that Mundo Conectado prepared:

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Source: Anatel

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