SpaceX launches first Starlink satellites for direct-to-cell coverage

SpaceX recently launched six “Starlink satellites with Direct to Cell capabilities” into Earth orbit. When operational, these satellites will be able to provide cellular connectivity to all corners of the United States, even remote locations.

This is part of Coverage Above and Beyond, a collaborative initiative the company started with T-Mobile in 2022. It took a little time, but the program is finally coming to fruition. SpaceX explains on its website that these satellites essentially function as cell towers thanks to an integrated “eNodeB modem.” The ultimate goal here is to effectively eliminate the existence of dead zones allowing for “mobile phone connectivity anywhere on Earth.” Something to keep in mind is that the service is mainly intended for distant places.

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