T-Mobile to Provide Mobile Dead-Zone Coverage With Starlink

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Aug 26, 2022

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The mobile carrier’s CEO Mike Sievert and Elon Musk disclosed their partnership at an event on Thursday.

Partnership to “End Mobile Dead Zones”

T-Mobile and SpaceX have announced that the carrier’s users will be able to connect directly to Starlink satellites launched next year over existing cell bands. The companies hope to provide “near complete coverage in most places in the U.S.,” even in areas where traditional cellular signals are hard to reach.

Starlink comprises a constellation of satellites that SpaceX launched into low Earth orbit. It is one of the few options for remote areas to receive high-speed, low-latency internet access. 

So far, there are about 3,000 satellites in the network. An upgraded second generation, to contain 30,000 satellites, is billed to begin launching soon. 

This new version will be able to transmit directly to mobile phones. It will work with a mid-band spectrum already compatible with most T-Mobile phones – even those without 5G connectivity.

“We’ve always thought differently about what it means to keep customers connected, and that’s why we’re working with the best to deliver coverage above and beyond anything customers have ever seen before,” said Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile. 

“More than just a groundbreaking alliance, this represents two industry-shaking innovators challenging the old ways of doing things to create something entirely new that will further connect customers and scare competitors.”

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the alliance aims to ensure “there are no dead zones anywhere in the world for your cell phone”.

At first, Starlink’s network will let T-Mobile customers use messaging, MMS, and certain messaging apps. Eventually, it will expand to include voice and data.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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