SpaceX Is Getting Ready To Test Its Starlink Satellite-To-Cellphone Service
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Last summer, Elon Musk and T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert announced “Coverage Above and Beyond,” a joint initiative that aimed to bring Starlink satellite coverage compatible T-Mobile devices. Now, SpaceX is getting ready to begin testing its satellite-to-cellular service. Engadget reports:
During a panel at the Satellite Conference and Exhibition 2023, SpaceX VP of Starlink enterprise sales Jonathan Hofeller said the company had plans to “start getting into testing” its satellite-to-cell service this year. “We’re going to learn a lot by doing — not necessarily by overanalyzing — and getting out there, working with the telcos.”
Hofeller didn’t specifically say which Telco SpaceX was working with, but the timeline certainly lines up with Musk’s original vision for the T-Mobile partnership. […] Either way, the panel seemed optimistic about the future of sat-to-cell technology. Lynk Global CEO Charles Miller said that satellite cellular service has the potential to be the “biggest category in satellite,” and Iridium CEO Matt Desch sees cellular satellite service as just the beginning. “Satellite should connect everything everywhere,” he said at the event, imagining the technology connecting to computers, vehicles and more.