“Elon Musk’s SpaceX aerospace company has applied for a licence from Canada’s telecom regulator amid plans to offer high-speed internet to the country’s rural areas via satellite. As first reported by The Globe and Mail, SpaceX’s application for a Basic International Telecommunications Services (BITS) licence was posted on the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) website on May 20th.
SpaceX is seeking a licence for its Starlink startup, which aims to leverage an extensive network of hundreds of low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellites to help provide internet across the northern U.S. and Canada. As it stands, it’s unclear exactly how much of Canada Starlink intends to reach. However, the company says its ultimate goal is to provide “near global coverage” by next year.
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