Space X has updated the list of countries in which it plans to provide Starlink satellite Internet services soon.
Judging by the interactive map published on the website , in the countries of Central Asia, including Turkmenistan, Starlink will become available in 2023.
Whether these plans were coordinated with the Turkmen authorities, who strictly control access to the Internet for the country's population, is unclear.
Note that in order to receive an Internet signal from a satellite, users need the appropriate equipment from Space X. In the US and Europe, where Starlink services are already available, the cost of a satellite dish varies from $600 (excluding taxes) to €630, shipping costs $50 or €70. The monthly subscription fee is $110 or €100.
It is likely that the country's authorities will not be able to import the necessary equipment for the private use of Starlink. However, for foreign companies or departments located in Turkmenistan, satellite Internet can become an affordable alternative to the “high-speed” connection from Turkmentelecom. At the moment, the only Turkmen Internet provider offers foreign companies the lease of a dedicated channel with a connection speed of 100 Mbps for $35.7 thousand (!) per month. Connection with a speed of 10 Mbps will cost $4.5 thousand per month.
The SpaceX website claims that Starlink connection speeds range from 100 to 200 Mbps, and the delay (the time it takes for a signal to travel from the source to the server and back) is only 20 milliseconds.
Turkmenistan also offers Internet connectivity through its geostationary (which implies long delays in receiving a signal due to the long distance) Turkmen Alem satellite, but the price of this service is not openly indicated.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan