Blockchain technology firm Blockstream announced that it has expanded its satellite service to the Asia-Pacific region

Blockstream, a leading developer of blockchain technologies, announced Monday that Phase 2 of the Blockstream Satellite network coverage is now live, bringing an alternative method for receiving the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain to the Asia-Pacific region.

According to the announcement, the addition of the Asia-Pacific satellite joins the already active leased satellites covering North and South America, Europe and Africa.

With the launch of the Phase 2 expansion, Blockstream has also released the Blockstream Satellite API, a new broadcast service set to go live in January 2019. This API allows developers to access the Blockstream Satellite network to broadcast data to the whole world via the Lightning Network.

Anyone with a satellite receiver can receive unencrypted data via the Satellite network. When combined with the Lightning Network’s onion-routed payments, these messages could be made entirely private.

“While satellite communications are traditionally cost-prohibitive, Blockstream Satellite will finally allow developers to adopt satellite communications in their applications,” said Chris Cook, head of the Blockstream Satellite project. “The new API will make it possible to send ‘Hello World’ to the world, but we think developers will come up with something a little more adventurous than that. Natural disaster notifications, secure personal messaging, and sending bitcoin market data to remote locations are just some of the exciting examples of the power of this service.”

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