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Space. SpaceX’s Starlink broadband to be available in Japan’s remote areas next year (Park Si-soo, Space News)

SpaceX’s Starlink satellite broadband service will be available in Japan’s remote areas starting in 2022.

Japan’s major mobile provider, KDDI, announced Sept. 13 a partnership with SpaceX to “offer an urban mobile connectivity experience to its rural mobile customers” via its 1,200 remote mobile towers. The pair will start by offering Starlink broadband to customers living in mountainous regions and islands for no additional charge, said the Tokyo-based teleco. The satellite network will also serve as backup in case terrestrial telecom lines are disrupted during natural disasters or blackouts, it added.

SpaceX’s Starlink broadband to be available in Japan’s remote areas next year – SpaceNews