Elon Musk has validated that using Starlink satellites to beam internet to Canadians is a “major priority.”
Last week on June 18 th, news broke that SpaceX made an application for a Canadian telecom licence as a step towards providing satellite internet in rural America and ultimately all of Canada.
Now, in reaction to a post in the T oronto Star relating to Canadian support for the ambitious job, Musk has tweeted, “Canada is a significant priority for Starlink!”
Further down the Twitter thread, somebody asked if Toronto will be included in the initial accessibility, and Musk stated, “Yes, although Starlink works best for low population density situations.”
Canada is a major top priority for Starlink!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 24, 2020
This appears to suggest that Starlink web is going to cover a great deal of Canada, but it may be taking on other satellite web service providers like Xplornet and Northwestel to supply faster internet to rural Canadians.
If the cost is low enough or the data caps are high enough, this could be big news for people in remote areas that do not have the very same access to internet as those in metropolitan areas.
However, none of this will matter unless the CRTC approves the company’s Basic International Telecommunications Solutions (BITS) licence. If you wish to learn more about SpaceX’s application to the CRTC, you can read our previous reporting.
In regards to what we understand about Starlink, there isn’t much yet, but it’s intending to offer gigabit internet speeds (1,000 Mbps) via low-earth-orbit satellites, according to the Toronto Star’s reporting. These satellites ought to likewise feature minimized latency compared to standard satellite internet.
The Star also reports that we could see this service in action as early as completion of 2020, but if Musk’s performance history with Tesla is an indicator, there might be some hold-ups.
Source: Elon Musk (@ElonMusk), Toronto Star