Elon Musk and Mike Sievert (CEO of T-Mobile) held an extraordinary press conference a few days ago. The couple announced that SpaceX and T-Mobile will work together and use Starlink satellites to provide network connectivity in remote areas of the US.
SpaceX and T-Mobile want to connect remote areas
To sum it up, SpaceX and T-Mobile plan to link Starlink satellites to Americans’ mobile phones. Both companies will start rolling out the first test by 2023. The purpose of this partnership is to provide data throughout the United States, especially in the most remote areas. Areas not covered by wireless networks. Places where a cellular signal cannot reach, such as in the middle of a national park or a large body of water.
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According to Elon Musk, this means that “there will be no more dead zones for your mobile phones in the world.” The SpaceX boss clarifies that the Starlink network must reach American smartphones anywhere and provide a stable network in disaster-affected areas. This will affect most of today’s smartphones, according to Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile, and this new offering will be included for free in “the most popular packages” offered by the carrier.
Starlink already has 400,000 subscribers
In 2022, remote areas will be very difficult to reach with terrestrial networks and will have few paying subscribers to justify the cost. Thanks to Starlink satellites, that could very well change. SpaceX has yet to receive approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). A T-Mobile spokesperson said, “We look forward to presenting our case and hearing their reactions.”
T-Mobile and SpaceX plan to expand cooperation with mobile operators in other countries. This is an ambitious project. Reaching the most remote areas has been a longstanding goal of wireless communication. Areas where weather and geographic conditions create technical problems and high costs. Elon Musk is betting big on Starlink. The service already has 400,000 subscribers worldwide, and in addition to individuals, SpaceX has made deals with airlines.