Starlink is Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s ambitious plan to create a constellation of satellites to beam broadband internet around the planet, particularly to remote areas with patchy connectivity. It signed an agreement with Japanese carrier KDDI Corp. last year to provide 1,200 remote mobile towers with high-speed internet.
Starlink was issued a license by the MIC (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications) to operate the ground station for Starlink service installed at KDDI’s Yamaguchi Satellite Communication Center.
Much of the country’s north, including Tokyo, can now receive Starlink’s signals, according to a map the startup shared on Twitter. Other areas including southern Japan and Hokkaido are expected to receive the service by the fourth quarter, before neighboring South Korea early next year.
In addition to Europe and the U.S., Starlink plans to expand the service to Asia and other regions.
Starlink is gearing up to enter other Asian markets in the coming months, with a commercial launch in the Philippines by the end of the year, plus South Korea, Laos, and Indonesia next year, per its map. The company recently secured a license in Qatar and will be launching its services in Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates next year.
According to Bloomberg