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SpaceX and KDDI team up to eliminate wireless blind spots in Japan

Elon Musk's Starlink satellites to provide internet in remote areas

A launch of the Falcon 9 rocket, whose payload includes Starlink satellites. (Photo courtesy of SpaceX)

TOKYO -- KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile provider, has emerged as one of SpaceX's partners in rolling out high-speed wireless coverage via satellites, Nikkei has learned, part of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's goal of connecting the entire world to the internet.

SpaceX has launched hundreds of Starlink telecommunications satellites with the goal of fully starting services in Japan by the end of the year. KDDI and SpaceX will begin a network proving test in Japan this month, and coverage is expected to be commercially available next year.

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