Media reported that SpaceX has obtained approval from Canadian regulators to provide Starlink-based Internet access in the country. Not long ago, the company announced that it was expanding beta testing in the U.S. to provide high-speed, affordable, low-latency satellite Internet access to more remote parts of the world.
On November 5, Elon Musk said in a tweet that he was awaiting approval from Canadian authorities.
In October, Claude Doucet, secretary-general of the Canadian Radio, Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), also issued a statement on SpaceX’s application for permission for the country’s Basic International Telecommunications Service (BITS).
In a statement issued on October 15, Doucet said the CRTC was receiving public comment. On a comprehensive basis, the Canadian authorities ultimately decided to grant SpaceX permission to operate basic international telecommunications services in the country.
In a November 6 tweet, Canada’s Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) announced that SpaceX’s Starlink Internet satellite had passed regulatory approval.
Starlink is still in the Beta phase, providing Internet access based on low-Earth orbit satellites to a limited number of end-users in the United States.
Interestingly, neither SpaceX nor Starlink’s official Twitter account retweeted and posted the happy news in the first place.