Cellular coverage anytime, anywhere. T-Mobile got along with Elon Musk

This could be the beginning of the end for mobile as we know it. I am talking about “ubiquitous, global connectivity”.

In theory, we can use our smartphones everywhere. In practice, we are still the slaves of the range, which depends on the distribution of base stations. It is not possible or profitable to place an antenna everywhere, so there is coverage not everywhere.

The problem is more serious than it may seem, and it affects even the most developed countries. If you go on a trip to the USA, you have to take into account that almost 15 percent. area of ​​the country, you will not see even the line of ANY operator’s reach.

The solution is satellite telephony, which allows suppliers to bypass the world’s restrictions on use or terrain. These types of services require the use of specialized, crude devices and the purchase of expensive tariff plans. T-Mobile and SpaceX want to change that.

T-Mobile and Elon Musk want to bring satellite telephony to everyone. All you need is a regular smartphone

The head of the SpaceX company boasted that the second generation of the company’s satellites will be able to connect directly to ordinary, already existing mobile phones. Musk said the satellites would be ready for launch next year.

The billionaire has already established a partnership with the American branch of T-Mobile. Its boss, Mike Sievert, announced that the partners’ shared vision is to provide “ubiquitous, global connectivity.”

The goal is to eliminate blind spots. If all goes according to plan, the phone will be available for use in unpopulated and extremely difficult areas. Also in those where placing a traditional base station is often impossible for legal reasons (e.g. in national parks).

In other words – coverage is to be available “almost anywhere the customer can see the sky”.

Starlink V2 satellites are to provide transfer at a modest level of 2-4 Mb / s. There is no question of watching Netflix away from civilization yet, but that’s enough to make a voice call or send a message.

T-Mobile wants to expand satellite telephony to the whole world. It calls on operators to cooperate

In the first place, the upcoming service is to be aimed at residents of the United States. Although T-Mobile wants to use the new SpaceX satellites first, it does not want an exclusive partnership. On the contrary.

Providing global connectivity requires that many operators and regulators who have specific radio bands in different parts of the world work together. That is why T-Mobile calls on operators all over the world to cooperate.

As a result, customers of individual networks could use satellite telephony in their own countries, and in others thanks to roaming. And vice versa.

Beta tests of the new T-Mobile and SpaceX services are to start in the US at the end of 2023. First, the new platform is to enable the operation of SMS, MMS and text messaging, and in the future it will be expanded to include voice calls.

Miron Nurski, editor-in-chief of Komórkomania

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