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SpaceX's satellite broadband plan

21 Nov, 2016 09:00 am

SpaceX's application filed with the U.S. FCC regulatory body offers details about the firm's plans to offer broadband connections by satellite for access almost anywhere in the world.

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"Once fully deployed, the SpaceX system will pass over virtually all parts of the Earth's surface and therefore, in principle, have the ability to provide ubiquitous global service," SpaceX said in a statement.

SpaceX, headed by Tesla and PayPal founder Elon Musk, will initially launch 800 satellites that will provide coverage of a latitude of 15 to 60 degrees north and south of the equator. The U.S. state of Alaska will require a special waiver from the FCC to gain access to the communications satellites' signals.

Eventually, SpaceX plans to launch 4,425 satellites for worldwide coverage, but did not disclose a timeline for when it plans to do that.
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