Elon Musk’s SpaceX will allow smartphones to connect directly to Starlink broadband in years to come: report
Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite-based broadband internet system, could become much more accessible in the years to come. The Elon Musk-owned company has reportedly been given the go-ahead to launch 7,500 more satellites, extending Starlink broadband to more than 10,000 low-orbit satellites over the next decade. The new Starlink satellites will help users connect to satellite broadband service directly through their smartphones without the need for special equipment.
According to a CNET report, SpaceX plans to bring the service to users with the help of US network operator T-Mobile. The spacecraft maker reportedly filed with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 6 for permission to equip a number of its Starlink satellites with “direct-to-cellular” hardware. This will allow smartphone users to directly enjoy Starlink’s broadband services once it launches dwell.
Back in August, SpaceX and T-Mobile teamed up to provide mobile users with internet access in remote areas of the United States. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and T-Mobile chief Mike Sievert had announced their partnership at SpaceX’s Starbase in Boca Chica, Texas. The effort would connect cell phones directly to SpaceX satellites, eliminating the need for cell towers. It was later reported that the service would start with text messaging support from the second half of 2023, with voice and data services coming later.
SpaceX has now gotten the go-ahead to launch an additional 7,500 satellites over the next 10 years, according to CNET’s report. These second-generation Starlink satellites will join the 3,500 first-generation satellites already in orbit. In August, SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 rocket with 46 Starlink satellites in tow to low Earth orbit.
SpaceX’s Starlink has also been noted for providing satellite broadband in parts of Ukraine amid the ongoing war. The country, however, had said last month that it was also looking for additional providers for sustainable internet access in the country.
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