(Reuters) – Australia’s leading telecommunications company Telstra Group said on Monday it would partner with Elon Musk’s Starlink to provide fixed and voice broadband services to rural Australians.
The telecom provider will offer home phone service and Starlink broadband services to Australians, it said in a blog post.
“The addition of Starlink will provide an additional connectivity option for people and businesses in rural and remote areas,” the company added.
Telstra hopes to be able to offer the new service options to customers and businesses towards the end of the year.
It also promises higher download speeds compared to copper-based asymmetric digital subscriber lines.
Starlink, operated by Musk’s SpaceX, has built a rapidly growing network of more than 3,500 low Earth orbit satellites that can provide connectivity in remote areas.
(Reporting by Rishav Chatterjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)