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SpaceX Launches Satellites Able to Beam Signals to Phones

The Elon Musk firm’s latest set of Starlink satellites will be used by T-Mobile US, with more providers lining up behind them

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on October 5, 2022 (Reuters file photo).


SpaceX’s latest Falcon 9 rocket which was launched on Tuesday is loaded with the first set of Starlink satellites that can beam phone signals from space directly to smartphones.

T-Mobile US, revealing the news on Wednesday, said it will use the Elon Musk-owned firm’s satellites to provide mobile users with network access in parts of the United States, something the companies had first announced as a plan in August 2022.

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Other wireless providers across the world, including Japan’s KDDI, Australia’s Optus, New Zealand’s One NZ, Canada’s Rogers will also be collaborating with SpaceX to launch direct-to-cell technology.

The direct-to-cell service at first will begin with text messaging followed by voice and data capabilities in the coming years, T-Mobile said.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara


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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.


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