Telefonica partners with Starlink to connect remote customers

Spanish telecoms operator Telefonica has partnered with Elon Musk’s Starlink to offer broadband satellite connection to rural and remote customers, starting with Peru, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, and Spain.

Woman uses Starlink Internet on roof with solar panels

Telefonica has partnered with Starlink, the satellite network operator owned by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, to provide an internet connection to rural and remote customers. The deal will allow Telefonica to offer broadband satellite connection in areas not covered by other means, including vehicles. Telefonica already offers the service in Mexico and plans to expand it to Peru, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, and Spain. Starlink, which operates a network of satellites, will enable Telefonica to provide internet access to customers in areas lacking traditional infrastructure. This partnership aims to bridge the digital divide and bring connectivity to underserved regions.

Why is it important?

Access to the internet in remote areas is crucial as it empowers communities with vital information, educational resources, and opportunities for economic growth, bridging the gap between isolated regions and the global digital landscape. Additionally, internet connectivity fosters communication, enabling remote populations to connect with the world, access telemedicine services, and engage in online platforms for social and professional development.