T-Mobile to make use of SpaceX Starlink satellites to develop cell service

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T-Mobile is partnering with SpaceX to make use of satellites to develop the service’s protection to distant elements of the USA, the businesses mentioned Thursday.

The partnership would enable T-Mobile, the second largest service in the USA, to service clients in areas with no cell towers or wi-fi networks utilizing Starlink satellites. The Bellevue, Wash.-based telco mentioned that greater than half one million sq. miles of the USA didn’t presently have cell protection.

“This partnership is the end of mobile dead zones,” T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert mentioned at a information convention with SpaceX founder Elon Musk. “This is important for safety, it is important for contact with the people we love, and it is important for people in rural areas.”

T-Mobile will start utilizing satellites to check messaging providers in distant areas by the tip of subsequent 12 months, earlier than increasing to knowledge and voice protection, Sievert mentioned. He expects that the service might be included in T-Mobile’s hottest plans at no further price.

“An important thing … is that you will not need to get a new phone,” Musk mentioned. “The phone you currently have will work.”

“It solves real coverage problems in areas that cannot be served terrestrial, and will save lives when people need help and rescue,” mentioned Avi Greengart, lead analyst at Techsponential, a analysis agency. “It will keep people living away from the grid affordably connected and provides a level of redundancy when the network on the ground goes down.”

Chris Velazco in San Francisco contributed to this report.

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