SpaceX and T-Mobile partner to provide cellphone satellite connectivity

SpaceX and T-Mobile US announced a partnership to use the Starlink broadband satellite constellation to provide connectivity to T-Mobile phones across the United States, even in remote areas where wireless service is not currently available. The parties plan to begin testing the SMS service in selected markets by the end of 2023. The ultimate goal is to provide voice and data services anywhere, regardless of cell towers, making service available to areas not yet covered by wireless networks. SpaceX founder Elon Musk said the bandwidth of the new satellite service is limited and will not replace existing ground mobile communications services. The new service will use Starlink satellites as cellular base stations, sending signals back directly to equipment on the ground. T-Mobile will set aside some mid-band spectrum for these connections. The service will use radio frequencies in the same way as terrestrial networks.

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