KDDI inks business tie-up with SpaceX

13 Sep 2021

Japanese telco KDDI (au) has signed a contract with Low Earth Orbit (LEO) operator SpaceX (Starlink), the company established by US entrepreneur Elon Musk, to provide high speed internet connectivity to remote islands and mountainous regions of Japan and au base station backhaul, via the US firm’s satellites. In a press release, KDDI said that from 2022 some 1,200 locations will be able to benefit from high speed, low-latency satellite broadband internet. It is understood that the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) has issued an experimental licence to operate the ground station for Starlink’s service installed at KDDI’s Yamaguchi Satellite Communication Centre in western Japan.

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