IPA Qatar Helps Introduce Starlink Internet service during FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

IPA Qatar Helps Introduce Starlink Internet service during FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
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15 December 2022, Doha – Qatar:  The Investment Promotion Agency Qatar (IPA Qatar) helped introduce World Cup fans to the state-of-the-art technology that Starlink will bring to Qatar. Located in Lusail Boulevard, a demonstration booth provides an interactive experience for fans to explore Starlink’s innovative internet connectivity and technologies.

Recently licensed by the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), Starlink Satellite Qatar will contribute to enhancing the availability of telecommunications services in remote locations away from the mainland, especially in areas where the services of the current licensed companies are not fully available (such as oil and gas platforms at sea, ships, yachts, and aircrafts), provide complementary and alternative telecommunications services for individuals and enterprises consumers, and provide back-up communications throughout the State of Qatar in the event of a major outage in telecommunications networks.

Starlink is the world's first and largest satellite constellation using a low Earth orbit to deliver broadband internet capable of supporting streaming, online gaming, video calls and more. The company plans to provide the Qatari market with a host of key services, including direct-to-consumer satellite Internet service and “Starlink Business” service. The latter service is designed specifically for businesses and high-demand users and allows download speeds of up to 220 Megabits per second (Mbps) and latency of 25-50 milliseconds (ms). Additionally, Starlink is poised to offer other services that will benefit local mobile operators.

Sheikh Ali Alwaleed Al-Thani, CEO, IPA Qatar, said: “We are pleased to collaborate with Starlink Satellite Qatar and support the launch of the Airstream booth in Lusail boulevard. This work underlines the unwavering commitment of Qatar to boost its technological innovation and accelerate its transformation into an advanced, knowledge-based hub for the region. We are therefore committed to support SpaceX’s business operations and expansion in Qatar.”

“We’re grateful to IPA Qatar for working with us to help bring high-speed, low-latency internet to remote and hard to reach areas in Qatar,” said Starlink Vice President of Business Operations Chad Gibbs. “As the service is now available in over 40 countries around the globe, showcasing Starlink at the World Cup is the perfect way to allow football fans from around the world to test the service.”

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