Musk’s SpaceX and T-Mobile plan to connect mobile phones to satellites, boost cell coverage


Aug 25 (Reuters) – U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.O) will use Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites, owned by SpaceX, to provide mobile users with network access in parts of the United States, the company said. companies announced on Thursday. to connect users’ mobile phones directly to satellites in orbit.

The new plans, which would co-exist with T-mobile’s existing cellular services, would remove the need for cell towers and provide service for sending texts and images where there is currently no cellular coverage, essential for emergencies in remote areas, Musk said. a flashy event on Thursday at his company’s missile facility in South Texas.

Starlink’s satellites will use T-Mobile’s midband spectrum to create a new network. Most of the phones used by the company’s customers will be compatible with the new service, which will begin texting services in beta by the end of next year.

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SpaceX has launched nearly 3,000 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit since 2019, far outpacing rivals OneWeb and Inc’s (AMZN.O) Project Kuiper.

SpaceX’s next-generation Starlink satellites, the first of which are slated to launch on SpaceX’s next-generation Starship rocket when fully developed, will feature larger antennas that allow direct connection to cellphones on the T-mobile network, said Musk.

“We’re building a special antenna… They’re actually really big antennas that are extremely advanced,” he said. “Most importantly, you don’t have to buy a new phone. The phone you have now will work.”

Meanwhile, US telecom companies are in a race to build the midband portion of their 5G networks to overtake T-Mobile, which won a hefty 2.5GHz midband spectrum thanks to a buyout of rival Sprint.

Mid-band or C-Band has proven to be perfect for 5G as it strikes a good balance between capacity and coverage.

The carrier said it is aiming for voice and data coverage after the beta phase of SMS services.

Satellite communications company AST SpaceMobile Inc (ASTS.O) is also building a global mobile broadband network in space that will work with mobile devices without the need for additional hardware.

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Reporting by Joey Roulette in Washington, Akash Sriram and Eva Mathews in Bengaluru; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien and Leslie Adler

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