SpaceX Starlink: You’ll soon be able to connect via satellite with your smartphone

This week, SpaceX’s Starlink company filed an application with the FCC for permission to operate a frequency band used primarily for mobile satellite services. The company could thus ultimately provide internet access to mobile users in remote areas. You could thus connect by satellite with your smartphone.

  • Starlink wants to use the 2GHz spectrum for its mobile satellite internet
  • Using this frequency would connect mobile devices
  • Starlink will use Swarm’s nanosatellite technology

Starlink’s application implies that it wishes to enable high-speed internet access to mobile and portable devices. The company has asked the FCC to add the 2GHz frequency to one of its operating spectrums. This frequency has many advantages, in particular that of requiring smaller antennas, adapted to smartphones. In addition, the 2GHz frequency enables higher and more stable transfer rates over a long distance.

As with its current satellite internet service, Starlink will use a new type of compact ground receivers that will serve as a hotspot for mobile users. It is not mentioned what the exact details of this modem are and how it will work in tandem or separately from the current hardware. However, the SpaceX-owned company will first upgrade its satellites in orbit by adding modules to them before transmitting the data back to earth.

Starlink also said it would leverage nanosatellites from recently acquired Swarm. The function of this technology was originally to cover IoT devices, but they plan to use it to enhance their satellite internet.

You can connect via satellite from your iPhone or Android smartphone

The upcoming mobile satellite service does not really mean that it is designed only for iPhones or Android smartphones and if it will be out of the box. It could also be added to the current Starlink service. But this time it will use a new frequency and more portable receivers.

For its part, Apple could add satellite connectivity to the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8. Details are scarce regarding this feature, but it is expected that the Cupertino company will want to improve the SOS function of urgency of its devices.


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