SpaceX founder Elon Musk and T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert announced that their companies are collaborating to “eliminate mobile dead zones” and that they will launch a new mobile service that would be powered by Starlink second-generation satellites and T-Mobile broadband.
SpaceX launched a network of satellites named Starlink into low Earth orbit in order to deliver high-speed internet in remote places of the world. To support this network, SpaceX has launched more than 2,700 satellites.
Speaking at the SpaceX facility in Boca Chica, Texas, on Thursday night, Sievert asserted T-Mobile will allocate a “slice of its mid-band PCS spectrum” to be integrated into Starlink satellites launched the next year.
T-Mobile customers will be able to utilise SMS, MMS, and particular messaging apps from remote areas in the lower 48 states, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and even some isolated areas on the water.
The service will eventually enable voice, according to Sievert. Although T-Cell does not specify a price, it does expect to include the service in its most popular cell plans.
According to Musk, the service would be run by Starlink’s second generation satellites, which have very wide antennae and can broadcast directly to a cell or mobile phone.
The service won’t require mobile users to purchase new phones in order to use it. According to Musk, the intended service should still be available even if all the cell towers are destroyed during or after a natural disaster.
Although it won’t have the same amount of bandwidth as a Starlink terminal, Musk claimed it will still allow for texting, images, and, provided there aren’t too many people in the cell zone, perhaps even a little bit of video. We won’t read about tragedies when people were lost and would have been saved if they had asked for assistance, he added.
In addition, T-Mobile will provide “reciprocal roaming” so that foreign visitors to the US can utilise the service if they also collaborate with SpaceX to make it available internationally. Carriers from other countries were asked to join Musk and Sievert’s partnership.
T-stock Mobile’s closed at $147.07 on Thursday, up one point, and after-hours trends suggested a slight improvement.
T-Mobile is the greatest option among telecom services, according to Morgan Stanley analysts, who wrote in a note to the market this week that they “expect T-Mobile to continue taking share, delivering superior top- and bottom-line growth, with the repurchase likely to restart soon.”