SpaceX has just obtained its telecommunications license approved in Canada by the Canadian Radio, Television and Telecommunications Commission (CTRC), paving the way for its Starlink Internet service to get one step closer to reality.
According to Tesla north, CRTC Secretary General Claude Doucet explained the approval of a Basic International Telecommunications Services (BITS) license, in a letter written to SpaceX CFO Bret Johnsen.
“After considering the comments received, the Commission approved the application and a BITS license is attached.” wrote Doucet, in a letter dated October 15, 2020.
Doucet points out that the CRTC received 2,585 interventions regarding SpaceX’s BITS app.
According to the Secretary General’s letter, a “BITS license does not by itself authorize an entity to operate as a facility-based carrier or as a non-facility-based service provider.”
“All entities that provide services as a facilities-based operator must comply at all times with the appropriate regulatory framework, including the ownership and control requirements of section 16 of the Law and the Control and Property Regulations of the Common Telecommunications Operator. from Canada, ”explained Doucet.
Next, SpaceX must be listed as a Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) provider in Canada with the CRTC.
Starlink is a low Earth orbit satellite internet service, currently in private beta. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk previously said I expected ‘southern’ Canada to be part of the next public betas.
The existing private beta versions of Starlink have download speeds in excess of 100 Mbps. The service is aimed at affordable high-speed internet for those living in rural areas. It is a service that many rural Canadians are waiting for.
Earlier today, SpaceX launched another 60 Starlink satellites into space aboard its Falcon 9 rocket, bringing the total number of its constellation of satellites to 835. Another planned launch of 60 Starlink satellites is scheduled for Wednesday, as SpaceX shows no signs of giving up on its ambitious goal of offering the Internet. affordable and high speed to locals.