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Elon Musk’s SpaceX will allow smartphones to connect directly to Starlink broadband for years to come: report

Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite-based broadband internet system, could become much more accessible in the coming years. The company, owned by Elon Musk, has reportedly been given the go-ahead to launch an additional 7,500 satellites, expanding Starlink broadband to more than 10,000 satellites in low orbit over the next decade. The new Starlink satellites will help users connect directly to the satellite-based broadband service through their smartphones without the need for any special equipment.

According to an report in CNET, SpaceX expects to offer the service to users with the help of US carrier T-Mobile. Reportedly, on Dec. 6, the spacecraft manufacturer filed an application with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for permission to equip some of its Starlink satellites with “direct-to-cellular” hardware. live.

In August, SpaceX and T-Mobile had teamed up to provide mobile users with Internet access in remote parts of the US. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and T-Mobile chief Mike Sievert announced their partnership at SpaceX’s Starbase in Boca Chica, Texas. The endeavor would connect cellphones directly to SpaceX’s satellites, making cell towers obsolete. It was then reported that the service would begin supporting text messages from the second half of 2023, with voice and data services coming later.

SpaceX has now been credited with launching an additional 7,500 satellites over the next 10 years, the CNET report said. These second-generation Starlink satellites will be added to the 3,500 first-generation satellites already in orbit. In August, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with 46 Starlink satellites in tow to low Earth orbit.

It has also been noted that SpaceX’s Starlink is providing satellite broadband in parts of Ukraine during the ongoing war. However, the country had said last month that it was also seeking additional providers for sustainable internet access in the country.

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