Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Starlink internet service cuts monthly fee in half

Starlink, the satellite internet company owned by the world’s richest person, Elon Musk, has slashed its monthly service fee by over 50%.

As of Wednesday, Starlink’s customers in Mexico pay 1,100 pesos per month (US $55), a 52% decrease compared to the former fee of 2,299 pesos. Starlink has also reduced the price of its hardware kit, which includes an antenna, to 8,300 pesos (US $414) from 9,896 pesos, a 16% drop.

The hardware kit is now shipped free of charge whereas the previous cost was 1,420 pesos (about US $70). In addition to Mexico, the company lowered its prices in many other countries where it offers satellite internet service.

“The price reduction factors in your local market conditions and is meant to reflect parity in purchasing power across our customers,” Starlink said in an email to customers.

Federal telecommunications authorities granted Musk’s company permission to operate in Mexico for 10 years in June 2021.

On its website, Starlink says it offers “high-speed, low-latency broadband internet in remote and rural locations across the globe.”

Its service is “made possible via the world’s largest constellation of highly advanced satellites operating in a low orbit around the earth.”

Among the satellite internet services that compete with Starlink in Mexico are Viasat and HughesNet. An analysis conducted late last year – before Starlink was offering its service here – found that Viasat provided Mexico’s fastest satellite internet service for downloads, but speeds were well below the fixed broadband median.

Some Starlink customers in Mexico have reported speeds of 200 Mbps or more with latency between 70 and 100 milliseconds. The latter is far lower than that of other satellite internet service providers.

With reports from Milenio and Infobae

The 'three amigos' at last year's leadership summit.

North American Leaders’ Summit to be held in CDMX in January: AMLO

0
Biden and Trudeau will travel to Mexico City in January for the North American Leaders Summit, AMLO said Friday.
Thursday's ruling means that people accused of homicide, rape, kidnapping, fuel theft, burglary and firearm offenses will continue to be jailed before trial.

Supreme Court upholds mandatory pre-trial detention except in financial crimes

0
The Supreme Court has ruled that current mandates for pre-trial detention are valid except in cases of alleged financial crimes.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum is a close ally of López Obrador, who has lauded her work as mayor.

AMLO declares he has ‘millions’ of friends, but no time to attend their life events

0
President López Obrador revealed Thursday that he's too busy to attend weddings, implying he might miss Claudia Sheinbaum's nuptials.