The satellite provider Ilon Maska Starlink began operating in Japan, the first Asian country to have a spaceX Internet service. According to the official surface map, Starlink was active in much of the north of the country, including Tokyo.
In other regions of the country, including South Japan and Hokkaido Island, it is expected that the satellite signal will be received in the current quarter, and that next year the service will be available in another important spaceX country, South Korea.
The company intends to provide high-quality broadband access to the Internet to the most hard-to-reach regions where traditional connectivity is not justified, difficult or impossible. Last year, SpaceX entered into an agreement with the Japanese mobile operator KDDI to provide 1,200 high-speed Internet mobile towers located in hard-to-reach locations.
In addition to providing commercial services, Starlink also participates in humanitarian missions: only this year, the provider began working in the island Kingdom of Tonga, which was affected by the volcanic eruption, as well as in Ukraine, the cost of the latest project, estimated by Ilon Mask, would cost companies more than $100 million by the end of the year. In addition, Starlink's presence is expanding on passenger airlines.