SpaceX has the green light to grow. Starlink Broadband-from-Space Constellation. Over the next several years, more than 10,000 small satellites will be in low-Earth orbit, and T-Mobile hopes to provide service to smartphones when only half of those flying routers are operational.

SpaceX has filed an application with the US Federal Communications Commission seeking approval to equip some of its second-generation Starlink satellites with “direct-to-cellular” hardware.

This is a key regulatory hurdle that Elon Musk’s space company must clear to deliver in August. T-Mobile advertising In the name of eliminating mobile dead zones to connect the two data networks, at least in much of the US.

The filing follows a key FCC approval announcement on December 1. SpaceX has authorized 7,500 “Gen2” Starlink launches Satellites ten years ago.

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The new capability will allow Starlink to offer “voice, messaging and basic web browsing at speeds of up to 3.0 Mbps or 7.2 Mbps on the high-speed link… and up to 4.4 Mbps or 18.3 Mbps on the downlink.” The record is read.

Other companies are working to provide space-based mobile broadband, including Texas-based AST SpaceMobile, which recently launched an experimental satellite with giant antennas that are easy to view from Earth.Much to the chagrin of astronomers.).

SpaceX has already delivered 3,500 first-generation Starlinks and says it could provide “full and continuous” smartphone coverage by 2,000 equipped Gen2 satellites as soon as 2024.

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