Starlink, the company known for its satellite internet service, is set to launch a new group of satellites on December 29th. This launch marks a significant milestone as it will enable Starlink to offer a direct access service to mobile […]
Starlink, the company known for its satellite internet service, is set to launch a new group of satellites on December 29th. This launch marks a significant milestone as it will enable Starlink to offer a direct access service to mobile phones. By utilizing advanced second-generation satellites, this service allows for messaging, calling, and internet browsing in various locations, including remote areas and open seas. One key advantage of this technology is its usefulness in connecting Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Starlink’s satellites are positioned in low-Earth orbit, providing direct communication capabilities with mobile phones. Through its vertical integration with SpaceX, Starlink can achieve cost-efficient launches, deploying thousands of satellites into orbit and ensuring global coverage. The Starlink Ground Network (SGN) stations on the ground act as intermediaries between the satellites and terrestrial communications.
What sets Starlink’s service apart is its integration with Partner Operator Networks, enabling the connection of satellite networks with existing mobile networks. This means users can utilize this service with just an LTE phone, without the need for additional hardware or software.
The rollout of the service will be carried out gradually. Text messaging will be available by the end of 2024, while voice and data services will be accessible in 2025. Starlink has already established partnerships with mobile network operators in several countries and has plans to expand its services to European operators in the future.
It is important to note that the pricing for this service will be determined by the network operators themselves, and not directly by Starlink. Detailed pricing information has yet to be announced.