SpaceX is creating a satellite broadband internet network called Starlink. Thousands of satellites will operate in low Earth orbit at approximately 550-kilometers so that users around the world can access the Internet via a 19-inch user terminal dish and Wi-Fi router device. Canada is the next country after Australia to approve SpaceX Starlink Internet to operate.
On November 6, Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), the Canadian body in charge of telecom, announced that SpaceX received regulatory approval for the Starlink low Earth orbit satellite constellation.
Obtaining a Basic International Telecommunications Services (BITS) license in Canada has been a long process for SpaceX. Over the past months, the company faced opposition from competitors as the regulatory agency assessed whether to give SpaceX a license. Canadian residents and some political figures showed support for SpaceX and questioned why the company had not received approval to provide Starlink's broadband service.
Some state politics and residents of the country have shown great support for SpaceX to receive this permission, and on October 15, the CRTC finally granted the company a license to provide Starlink satellite broadband internet. However, the company was still awaiting approval from Canadian authorities.
Now, after overcoming numerous obstacles, the residents of Canada will finally have access to high-speed Internet, which is great news, especially for residents in remote areas. SpaceX is looking forward to providing internet service globally, primarily in places where the internet is unreliable and unavailable. Millions around the world still lack access to affordable internet in their homes, if service is available at all. Starlink customers will receive connection via user dish terminals that will be easy to set-up.
Awaiting approval from Canadian authorities— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 5, 2020
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