Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Starlink will be available in Malaysia as soon as 2023 but you may start registering yourself for the service now!

Tech & GamesStarlink will be available in Malaysia as soon as 2023 but you...

On Friday, Starlink, the satellite broadband service operated by Elon Musk’s Space X, announced that it has broadened its reach and its service is now available in 32 countries around the world.

If you check out Starlink’s availability map, you’ll notice 3 different shades of blue, marking areas where the service is “available,” those that are on the “waitlist,” and territories where Starlink is “coming soon.”

Meanwhile, the coverage map has also included the estimated availability dates for the rest of the world with Malaysia expected to be covered in 2023.

However, the company has started accepting orders from Malaysia. Even before its service is officially available, the company has allowed potential customers to reserve their Starlink by placing a deposit of USD$99 (≈RM435) today.

But the availability is subject to regulatory approval and the orders will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis.

While Starlink is working on its satellite coverage, it will require a Network Facility or Service Provider license (NFP/NSP) from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (KKMM) in order to provide commercial services to Malaysian users.

However, it appears that Starlink has yet to be listed on KKMM’s licences register.

As for pricing, it would be slightly above the plans that we are having now and you’ll need to pay for the hardware too. The company has also recently announced its price hike, with the hardware costing USD$599 (≈RM2,634) and the monthly subscription fee costing USD$110 (≈RM483).

Starlink’s satellite can also provide download speeds between 100 to 200Mbps with latency as low as 20ms in most locations. In comparison, Malaysia’s ConnectMe satellite service by MEASAT provides only download speeds up to 30Mbps and a high ping of 500ms.

Starlink’s low ping is made possible by its low earth orbit (LEO) satellites which revolve at a much lower altitude compared to geostationary satellites.

Nonetheless, satellite connectivity is important to bridge the gaps in internet connectivity in rural and unserved places. It is also especially useful in times of disaster, where fixed or terrestrial connectivity is damaged.

Are you looking forward to subscribing to Starlink’s service? Share your thoughts!

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