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Signal of the Day: Satellites to deliver high-speed broadband internet to regions without access

by Marty Resnick  |  June 19, 2020  |  Submit a Comment

According to an article in the Financial Post, Elon Musk’s SpaceX applies for telecom licence as it eyes bringing internet to remote Canada, SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp) is seeking a Basic International Telecommunications Services (BITS) licence, which would authorize the company to carry telecommunications traffic between Canada and another country.

This is all part of the overall goal of SpaceX which has launched several “Starlink” missions, intended to deliver satellites into space that could then be used to provide high-speed broadband internet to places that may not currently have such service available, accessible or affordable to them.

So why is this an important signal to follow:

Kenneth Flack, a municipal councillor for Pointe-Fortune, Que., wrote that the absence of high-speed internet “severely limits the community to participate fully as a connected member of society,” including for businesses, children and seniors who may be isolated during the coronavirus pandemic.

The “connected member of society” is specifically interesting in the quote as enterprises and other members of society often forget that large numbers of the World’s population is currently “disconnected”. Getting them connected will offer many new opportunities, to work together, support each other, and get messages across to those that desperately need it, especially in a time of huge global disruption.

For more information on disruptions and trends see “Inventing the Future With Continuous Foresight“.

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Category: continuous-foresight  emerging-tech  signal-of-the-day  trendspotting  

Tags: canada  continuous-foresight  disruption  emerging-tech  globalization  internet  pandemic  satellites  spacex  starlink  

Marty Resnick
Sr Director Analyst
3 years at Gartner
20 years IT Industry

Marty Resnick is a Research Director on Gartner's Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation team based in Atlanta, GA (USA). Mr. Resnick's primary focus is on the role of the Enterprise Architect in the selection, recommendation and implementation of emerging technologies (e.g. virtual reality and augmented reality), as well as, the use of methodologies such as Agile and Design Thinking for use in ideation, innovation and achieving business outcomes. Read Full Bio

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