Elon Musk and Mike Sievert (CEO of T-Mobile) held an extraordinary press conference a few days ago. The two men announced that SpaceX and T-Mobile were going to work together and using Starlink satellites to provide network connectivity in remote areas of the United States.
SpaceX and T-Mobile want to connect remote areas
To sum up, SpaceX and T-Mobile plan to link Starlink satellites to Americans’ cellphones. The two companies will begin to deploy a first test by 2023. The objective of this partnership is to provide data across the entire United States, especially in the most remote areas. Areas that are not covered by wireless networks. Places where cellular signals cannot reach, such as in the middle of a national park or a large body of water.
According to Elon Musk, this means ” that there will be no more dead zones in the world for your mobile phones “. The boss of SpaceX specifies that the Starlink network should reach the smartphones of Americans anywhere and provide a stable network in places affected by a natural disaster. For Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile, most current smartphones will be affected and this new offer will be included free of charge in “ the most popular packages » proposed by the operator.
Starlink already has 400,000 subscribers
In 2022, remote areas are very difficult to reach with terrestrial networks and have few paying subscribers to justify the cost. Thanks to starlink satellites, that may well change. SpaceX must still obtain approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). A T-Mobile spokesperson clarified that: we look forward to presenting our case and hearing their reaction “.
T-Mobile and SpaceX plan to expand their collaboration to mobile phone companies in other countries. This is an ambitious project. Reaching the most remote regions is a long-time goal in the field of wireless communications. Areas where weather and geography impose technical challenges and high costs. Elon Musk is betting big on Starlink. The service already has 400,000 subscribers worldwide and in addition to targeting individuals, SpaceX has struck deals with airlines.