Starlink wins licence for Georgia
July 18, 2022
By Chris Forrester
The East European state of Georgia is the latest country to approve reception rights for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband-by-satellite service.
Starlink had reportedly applied for permission to provide services in Georgia as recently as July 8th after meeting regulatory officials at the end of June, Georgia’s National Communications Commission, ComCom, stated.
ComCom’s statement was enthusiastic about Starlink’s availability, saying: “Starlink is especially important and interesting in mountainous regions as well as in settlements without broadband internet coverage. After the introduction of Starlink, access to high-speed Internet in all such geographical areas will be available to anyone.”
Starlink is targeting availability over Georgia in 2023, and the country joins the list of more than 30 nations where Starlink can operate. The operator is also taking pre-orders in Bangladesh and local reports say a broadband service will start in the country next year.
Starlink’s latest Falcon 9 launch happened on July 17th, from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral. In another flawless operation, the 31st launch this year, it placed a further 53 Starlink satellites into orbit.