Musk to conquer the global connection

Musk to conquer the global connection

Space X founder announces joint venture with telecommunications giant T-Mobile. The service, active in a year, will be particularly useful in emergency situations

A global connection for everyone, even for those who live in the most inaccessible areas of the planet.

Before Mars, Musk thus aims at the most accessible conquest of a 360-degree internet network for all.

Simple black T-shirt with the words “Occupy Mars”, the visionary tycoon of the 21st century announced from the stage of Boca Chica, Texas, the project of the worldwide coverage of the internet without the use of underground cables.

A constant, global and widespread connection: the founder of Space X thus revealed the start of the collaboration with the German telecommunications giant T-Mobile. The traditional system, according to Musk’s words, is running out of time. The program called Coverage above & beyond will start next year because it is necessary to use the new generation Starlinks.

Through the use of satellites sent into space, SpaceX and T-Mobile have promised to guarantee, in a year, direct connection on mobile phones, bypassing servers and providers, without the need for underground cables. The Starlink V2 satellite will be used to ensure American consumers everywhere use the wireless controlled, in turn, by TMobile, together with co-star of the joint venture, President Mike Sievert.

The project will start first with a series of messaging services by the end of 2023. Musk said that each satellite will be able to guarantee 2 to 4 Mbps for each cell, so it will not be able to handle large amounts of traffic at first. But the service can be used with the different messaging apps, as long as they are able to guarantee and differentiate the traffic coming exclusively from text messages.

The costs of the agreement, as well as those for users, have not yet been disclosed. The only certain thing is that all companies that offer underground cable connections to reach rural areas of America will be bypassed.

Any smartphone will be able to take advantage of the service and it will not be necessary to use external devices to communicate with the satellites but it will be necessary to mount special antennas on the Starlinks which Musk, as he reiterated, will be very large, with an opening of about 25 square meters. “The mobile phone will not know it is connected to space,” said the CEO of T-Mobile, as “the signal will simulate that of a radio base station”.

Last year, Google’s “parent,” Alphabet, put an end to a similar project that relied on high-flying balloons that provided internet access even in the most difficult areas of the planet.

The service offered by the collaboration between the two companies, the two reiterated, will be particularly useful in emergency situations.