In the U.S., SpaceX has applied to the U.S. regulator Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to use cellular reception, but approval is pending.
Starlink wants to launch with cellular reception in the U.S.
Cellular reception using Starlink satellites could launch soon, at least in the United States. At least, that’s according to documents that parent company SpaceX has filed with the U.S. regulatory agency Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Specifically, it involves the use of various bands and frequencies between 1,910 and 1,995 megahertz for voice, messaging and basic Web services to be made available throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, with the exception of some parts of Alaska.
The use should be possible without any problems with ordinary cell phones, however, one wants to concentrate initially just on the USA. Already in August SpaceX boss Elon Musk had announced a cooperation with T-Mobile in the USA. Together, they wanted to bring satellite Internet to cell phones via Starlink.
An expansion to Germany is not (yet?) planned. This one put in August, however, also potentially in the room.
- More on this: Satellite Internet: EU plans own Starlink alternative
New Starlink satellites needed
Via Twitter, Musk revealed at the time that the Starlink satellites can transmit speeds of 2 to 4 Mbps per cell zone. In the documents now submitted, there is now talk of transmission rates of up to 18.3 Mbit/s down, as well as 7.2 Mbit/s up.
This will require second-generation Starlink satellites. They are to use T-Mobile’s 5G mid-band spectrum and are therefore capable of communicating directly with smartphones. 7,500 of these satellites may be launched into space.