SpaceX explores Starlink expansion in Kazakhstan, focus on rural schools

Currently, 447 rural schools in Kazakhstan benefit from Starlink Internet, boasting an average speed of 200 Mbit/s. The potential expansion comes as Transtelecom plans to establish five base stations for Starlink across the country.

Woman uses Starlink Internet on roof with solar panels

SpaceX and Kazakhstan are in talks to expand Starlink technologies, as discussed in a meeting between Kazakhstan’s Minister of Digital Development and a director from SpaceX. They’re exploring equipping rural schools with broadband internet using Starlink, and advancing digital projects.

Currently, 447 rural schools have Starlink internet with speeds averaging 200 Mbit/s. Starlink’s services are available in 47 countries, including North America, Europe, the Far East, and Australia, with the US military also utilising them. Additionally, Transtelecom plans to build five base stations for Starlink in Kazakhstan.

Why does this matter?

Elon Musk’s Starlink venture is expanding rapidly worldwide. India recently approved the project to provide high-speed internet via satellite technology, while in Mexico, a $89.80 million contract secures free internet services until 2026. However, challenges have emerged in Ghana, where unauthorised Starlink usage prompted regulatory warnings, extending concerns to other African nations like South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Senegal. Last year, Amazonas (state in Brazil) governor criticised Elon Musk’s investments in the Legal Amazon region, alleging they favor local criminals over public policies.