Malaysian telecoms infrastructure services provider REDtone Digital says it has signed an authorised reseller agreement with SpaceX to offer Starlink's LEO satellite broadband services in Malaysia.
According to the Bernama news agency, REDtone said in a statement that its strength as a network integrator will enable it to offer seamless satellite-based services to government and enterprise customers.
The company added that its team of over 150 engineers across Malaysia will be able to deploy Starlink Malaysia's broadband services to users quickly in remote locations and areas with geographical and environmental constraints.
REDtone CEO Lau Bik Soon said the company will target sectors such as oil and gas, telecoms, shipping and maritime, financial services and plantations which are relying increasingly on satellite services, the report said.
"These sectors are expected to be a significant driver of satellite market growth in the country and will enhance the company's profitability," Lau said.
Starlink received a licence to operate in Malaysia in July 2023. Last week, according to Malaysian newspaper The Star, Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil said that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has acquired ten High-Performance Starlink kits from Starlink Malaysia with a priority one-year subscription package for a proof of concept (POC) to see how Starlink services solve connectivity issues in schools, universities and remote locations.
In October, Malaysia’s Deputy PM Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (which Zahid heads) is working with the Ministry of Communications and Digital and the Orang Asli Development Department to install Starlink satellite devices in mountainous areas to serve the indigenous Orang Asli population.