SpaceX has filed a request to release antennas with cellphone connections on its second-generation satellites. The proposal is yet to be evaluated by the FCC, the US telecommunications supervisory body, but the company has already had the launch of 7,500 satellites approved by the body. These equipment will support T-Mobile network connectionAmerican telephone company.
THE first authorization approved by the FCC does not include operation on the 1.9 GHz frequency used by T-Mobile. Installing a second antenna will increase the size of the satellite but allow the company to service other phone companies.
Promise Cellphone Signal Anywhere by 2024
According to SpaceX, 2,000 second-generation Starlink satellites (which will have the cellular network antenna) are enough to deliver coverage across the earth until 2024🇧🇷
Second-generation satellites will function as an antenna in low Earth orbit. And before delivering a signal across the planet, SpaceX needs to fulfill its partnership with T-Mobile. At first, in addition to only being available to one company, the coverage will focus on resolving the dead spots in the United States — including Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico.
This first “version” of the cellular network will allow smartphones to also use a mobile network with Up to 7.2 Mpbs upload speed and 18.3 Mbps download speed🇧🇷 The first step of the service should only provide text messages🇧🇷
T-Mobile customers won’t need to upgrade their smartphones
SpaceX’s order proposes using the 1910 MHz/1915 MHz and 1990 MHz/1995 MHz bands. These are the frequencies on which T-Mobile already operates, which will not require customers to change their handsets to use the new service — with no additional cost in the company’s plans.
There is still the possibility of smart devices, expanding the possibilities of using the connection.
However, the time for the FCC to approve SpaceX’s application will not be the “green light” for the start of operations. And I’m not just talking about the fact that satellites need to be launched.
The technology of these antennas still needs to be improved to reduce the connection delay. As Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile, explained, a message would take approximately 30 minutes to reach the recipient. The role of resolving this will be in charge of SpaceX.
With information: Space News🇧🇷 PC Mag and CNet