Tesla applies for a CRTC license to become a telecommunications reseller in Canada

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Tesla has filed an application with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for an international basic telecommunications service license.

If successful, this paves the way for Tesla to become a telecommunications reseller in Canada.

According Movable syrupTesla’s app says it will provide the following:

Machine-to-machine cellular data service for in-vehicle infotainment access, internet access, and mobile termination SMS to wake up vehicles.

The application also confirms that Tesla does not intend to own or operate transmission facilities in Canada.

So don’t expect Tesla Wireless to come to Canada to take on the big three.

It’s unclear exactly what Tesla plans to do with the license, but it could be related to providing Starlink services to vehicles in Canada.

Tesla’s application went live on the CRTC’s comment site on November 2. The application is open for public comment on the CRTC website until December 2.

Since this morning, there has only been one intervention on the request, a comment against it saying that it will withdraw money from Canada.

Once public comments are complete, the CRTC will either approve or deny the application.

The vast majority of the CRTC’s International Basic Telecommunications Service licenses receive no interventions, but a few are to be expected since it’s Tesla.


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