Billionaire Elon Musk’s space company SpaceX has submitted registration papers to South Korean authorities to launch its satellite-powered Internet service StarLink in the country, Yonhap reported Friday, citing sources.
The rocket company, which is expected to set up a subsidiary to qualify for registration in South Korea, launched the service earlier this month to the country’s Ministry of Science and ICT, the report said. An application was filed to do so.
SpaceX and the ministry did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.
Starlink’s website says its service will be available in South Korea in the second quarter of this year.
Starlink uses a network of thousands of satellites to provide Internet access to remote areas or when communications are disrupted during natural disasters.
SpaceX activated Starlink over Ukraine after the Russian invasion in February and has since provided Kyiv with thousands of terminals, allowing locals to access the Internet in places beyond the reach of local telecom systems. .
Starlink is one of a growing number of small satellite makers, including Amazon.com’s Quiper, Britain’s OneWeb, venture capital-backed Planet, and Raytheon Technologies Corp’s Blue Canyon Technologies.