SpaceX receives international telecoms licence in Canada, as Starlink nears public beta test

21 Oct 2020

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX) a Basic International Telecommunications Services (BITS) licence on 15 October 2020, which the US-based company had applied for five months earlier.

SpaceX’s Starlink project aims to offer high speed internet access across parts of the US, Canada and other countries via a network of thousands of low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites, with around 770 satellites already in orbit. Starlink is currently testing a 100Mbps-capable internet service with selected users in several US states, and SpaceX head Elon Musk indicated earlier this month that a wider Starlink public beta test in the US and southern Canada is lined up in the short term.