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Musk's Starlink to launch satellite-based smartphone communication

Musk's Starlink to launch satellite-based smartphone communication Starlink to launch satellite-based smartphone communication (

The Starlink project of the American SpaceX company, owned by Elon Musk, is preparing to launch a communication service called Direct to Cell via satellite internet. It will allow smartphone users with LTE technology support to exchange text, voice, and video messages, according to Starlink's statement.

The company notes Direct to Cell works with existing LTE phones wherever you can see the sky.

"No changes to hardware, firmware, or special apps are required, providing seamless access to text, voice, and data," the statement reads.

It is expected that the ability to exchange text messages via Direct to Cell will be available in 2024. In 2025, voice communication, data transmission, video. Direct to Cell will also connect IoT devices with common LTE standards.

How it will work

Starlink satellites with Direct to Cell capability have an advanced eNodeB modem onboard that acts like a cellphone tower in space, allowing network integration similar to a standard roaming partner.

Users of the service are also promised there will be no dead zones as Direct to Cell provides the ability to connect in remote areas.

Direct to Cell satellites will initially be launched on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and then Starship. On orbit, the satellites will immediately connect over laser backhaul to the Starlink constellation to provide global connectivity.

Musk's Starlink to launch satellite-based smartphone communication

Smartphones with LTE

LTE (Long-Term Evolution) is an IT technology that provides continuous internet connectivity at speeds of at least 100 Mbps. Most smartphone manufacturers incorporate it into their systems.

What is Starlink?

Starlink is an innovative satellite internet platform, a project that began in 2015. The first prototypes were launched into orbit in 2018. Thanks to the system, users can access high-speed internet almost anywhere on the planet.

On September 24, SpaceX launched an additional batch of Starlink satellites, and a video of the rocket launch was posted.