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‘Direct to Cell’ satellite technology launched to connect NO coverage areas via satellite to mobile

04 January, 2024 18:15

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday becoming the the first set of Starlink satellites that can beam phone signals from space directly to smartphones.

SpaceX’s Starlink satellites can beam signals directly to smartphones from space, allowing for texting, calling, and browsing.

The Starlink’s “Direct to Cell” technology works with existing LTE phones and provides connectivity anywhere on land, lakes, or coastal waters .

The direct-to-cell service is set to roll out incrementally, commencing with text messaging as its initial offering.

The telcos will expand this service to include voice and data capabilities in the years to come, showcasing the versatility and potential of this cutting-edge technology.

On 26 August, 2022 Elon Musk’s SpaceX and T- mobiles CEO Mike Sievert agreed to use the Starlink satellites for users searching for mobile coverage in NO coverage areas.

Direct to Cell technology can help provide connectivity in rural, underdeveloped, and hard to reach areas where establishing a traditional communications network is challenging.

Despite powerful LTE and 5G wireless networks, T-Mobile says more than 500,000 square miles of the U.S. continent and vast stretches of ocean have no cell signals from any carrier.

Satellite-based mobile service will be most useful to people who live in remote areas or those caught up in emergency situations without any means to call for help.

T- mobile CEO Sievert said, ” The satellite service is meant to supplement existing networks, not replace them, adding Cell phones will automatically connect to satellites only when there is no local coverage available.

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