In an effort to connect all parts of the United States, telecommunications company T-Mobile and aerospace manufacturing company SpaceX launched the first set of Starlink satellites on Wednesday to provide direct service to customers’ mobile phones.
He said the new satellite service will benefit more than 500,000 square miles of the United States, including ocean areas not covered by terrestrial networks due to terrain constraints, land use restrictions and other geographic challenges. Written statement.
The new service aims to provide an “extra layer of connectivity” where it is needed most. In the initial phase, it will offer SMS functionality In the coming years, they expect to include voice and data coverage, the telco reported.
It’s unclear whether the service will be available to local customers. El Nuevo Día asked the company for a response but has yet to receive one.
“Our mission is to be the world’s best company at connecting customers to their world, and today we’re taking another step forward by allowing our customers to stay connected even in the most remote locations, allowing They have more peace of mind in times of need. Most”, noted Mike Katz, President of Marketing, Strategy and Products, T-Mobile.
Four international mobile service providers have joined an alliance between T-Mobile and SpaceX to expand mobile services. roaming. New suppliers for this launch include KDDI (Japan), Optus (Australia), One NZ (New Zealand) and Rogers (Canada), with more suppliers to join soon as the call for companies is still ongoing.
“Today’s (Wednesday) launch is critical to the revolutionary collaboration between SpaceX and our international partners around the world as we work to make dead zones a thing of the past.“Katzite communicated.
The launch will bring connectivity to nearly the entire country for customers on the “Un-Carrier” plan, a simplified plan structure for new customers, including so-called dead zones where signals can’t reach.
The company has announced that field testing of the new direct-to-cell service will begin soon..
“The launch of these direct cellular service satellites is an incredible milestone for SpaceX in demonstrating our technology,” said Sara Spangelo, senior director of satellite engineering at SpaceX.
“Our goal is to work with carrier partners around the world to quickly expand direct-to-phone service and launch messaging services to T-Mobile customers,” he added.
The rollout was announced last year, along with the telco’s move to “expand coverage beyond expectations”. The satellites were launched into low Earth orbit on Spacex’s Falcon 9 rocket from Hawthorne, California.