It seems that Starlink will even reach Brazil: billionaire Elon Musk’s satellite company already accepts national addresses in the pre-sale and opened two CNPJs to be able to sell internet of up to 150 Mb / s in the country, according to the Tecnoblog. The SpaceX company still needs authorization from Anatel, but it must compete with Hughesnet and Viasat.
The company Starlink Brazil Serviços de Internet Ltda. was registered with the Federal Revenue on December 18, 2020. With the main economic activity of “Telecommunications by satellite” and share capital of R $ 800,000, the company has a corporate structure Victor James Urner and another company called Starlink Brazil Holding Ltda.
Meanwhile, the Starlink Brazil Holding Ltda. it has in its corporate structure the company Starlink Holdings Netherlands B.V, as a legal partner domiciled abroad. The name of Victor James Urner he also appears here, as a legal representative and attorney.
THE Tecnoblog contacted Urner, and the businessman confirmed that the company in question is Elon Musk’s Starlink. He said that his position is that of a legal representative and that he is only an intermediary for the company to operate in Brazil, and does not know about the company’s plans.
It is worth remembering that Starlink accepts Brazilian addresses in the pre-registration for subscription: just enter an address or Plus Code when registering. The website reports that the company plans to offer coverage in the country by the end of 2021.
Starlink needs authorization from Anatel
To act as an internet operator in Brazil, Starlink needs to receive authorizations from Anatel to run the Multimedia Communication Service (SCM). This is the same license obtained by broadband providers.
In addition, it also needs to obtain an additional license to use a foreign satellite, or obtain an exploration license if it wants to launch a Brazilian satellite.
Starlink should compete with HughesNet and Viasat
The main differential of the satellite internet is that the service is available in a large part or in the whole national territory, taking connection to areas where the traditional cable, xDSL or optical fiber operators do not reach.
In Brazil there are two companies that sell internet via satellite to end users. THE HughesNet has options with download from 10 Mb / s to 25 Mb / s, and the monthly fee varies between R $ 179.90 and R $ 599.90. However, there is a usage limit that varies between 40 GB to 80 GB per month, depending on the chosen mode, and the speed is reduced to 1 Mb / s after the end of the data package.
The Viasat it has plans with 10 Mb / s to 30 Mb / s of download, with monthly fees from R $ 349 to R $ 619. It also has a use fee, with a limit of 40 GB in the cheapest plan and 160 GB in the most expensive option. After the end of the data package, the speed is reduced to 128 kb / s, while the extra gigabyte costs R $ 10.
Starlink has important advantages when comparing these companies:
- there is no internet franchise (at least for now);
- download and upload speeds are much higher, exceeding the 100 Mb / s mark;
- for using low orbit satellites, Starlink latency varies between 20 ms and 40 ms, while the other companies have ping above 600 ms in good operating condition.
The cost of Starlink is high, and the service should attract only those who are not served by conventional fixed operators. Musk’s broadband monthly fee is US $ 99, which represents approximately R $ 530 per month in direct conversion. The interested customer also needs to pay for the installation kit with antenna and router, which costs US $ 499 (about R $ 2,700 in direct conversion).