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Elon Musk and SpaceX want you to connect your mobile to their satellites this year


Surely in the end it will not be so fast, but at least SpaceX is ambitious and in 2023 it will start its tests with T-Mobile in the United States.

Elon Musk and SpaceX want you to connect your mobile to their satellites this year
SpaceX’s idea is to offer direct Starlink connections for smartphones as early as 2023. (Image | El País)

We said it on the eve of Mobile World Congress 2023 and we reaffirm it now: the mobile industry is shifting its focus from 5G connectivity and superlative photography to a new functionality that will soon be imperative at least in the higher range premium, released by Apple and copied by Qualcomm to be replicated soon after even by SpaceX itself them Elon Musk.

And it is that indeed, who better than the creators of star link to offer us at last satellite connections for smartphones commercially, and therefore that long-awaited global coverage that this sector has always pursued, even being far from the base stations of mobile networks.

Undoubtedly a very important functionality, something that Motorola and Bullitt have anticipated us at MWC 2023 itselfbut in what obviously the Hawthorne, California-based company has an advantage thanks to its extensive satellite network already operational in a Starlink service that can already be contracted in Spain at least for our homes:

This is how Starlink will work on our mobiles, first with T-Mobile

As reported by the companions of the CNBCSpaceX and Elon Musk’s plans are very ambitious for this new service, and that is that in the words of jonathan hofellerVice President of Enterprise Sales for Starlink at SpaceX, they are going to start the testing your Starlink satellite cellular network with T-Mobile during this same year 2023.

We’re going to learn a lot more by doing and not necessarily over-analyzing, so let’s get out there.

Already in August of last year SpaceX and T-Mobile announced their agreement with a promise interesting, that it was none other than “do away with mobile coverage dead zones” coming soonso there is no doubt that both companies will try to bet very strongly on this business.

Not surprisingly, it is believed that these satellite-based data services that connect directly to devices on the ground, have a lot of potential to offer global coverage, so there is a lucrative market niche still unexplored the one everyone wants to become ‘de facto standard’.

SpaceX already has about 4,000 Starlink satellites in orbitand since the first “Mini V2” of the latest generation have also reached space, its capacity will quadruple in a very short time. In fact, it is that the executive of the company headed by Elon Musk already reported that the 1.5 series Starlinks are not assembled in their factories, and that the capacity of their production lines has become up to 6 new satellites available every day waiting to be released.

Finally, at the conference satellite 2023 a washington, was informed of “more than 1 million Starlink users” Worldwide already in the month of December, with the last quarters in positive and an encouraging future that will make them accelerate this adoption of satellite connectivity on smartphones so that in 2023 the first users can enjoy it.

I’m sure it won’t be like that… But the plans are very ambitious!

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