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 supposed to work together and use Starlink satellites to provide network connectivity in remote areas of the United States.
SpaceX and T-Mobile want to connect remote areas
To summarize, SpaceX and T-Mobile plan to connect Starlink satellites to Americans’ cell phones. The two companies will begin implementing a first test in 2023. The goal of this partnership is to provide data across the entire United States, especially in the most remote areas. Areas not covered by wireless networks. Places where cellular signals cannot reach, such as in the middle of a national park or 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 head of SpaceX specifies that the Starlink network must reach Americans’ smartphones anywhere and deliver 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 for free in ” the most popular packages » suggested by the operator.
Starlink already has 400,000 subscribers
By 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 can easily change. SpaceX still needs to obtain approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). A spokesperson for T-Mobile 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. To reach the most remote regions is a long-term goal in wireless communication. Areas where weather and geography pose 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 entered into agreements with airlines.