Elon Musk’s Starlink will host a live broadcast later today with T-Mobile, with the satellite internet company set to reveal plans to “surge connectivity.”
The broadcast will go live at 8 p.m. ET, and Musk and T-Mobile CEO Mike Seifert are scheduled to host the announcement event together.
Starlink, which provides Internet communications through 3,000 satellites launched into orbit, has been gaining momentum since its inception – more than half a million subscribers have subscribed to its services.
But partnering with T-Mobile could be a valuable and profitable decision in the long run. The carrier already has a huge foundation and infrastructure when it comes to getting online.
Using Starlink to that base and vice versa could provide 5G connections in hard-to-reach areas.
Notebookcheck aptly highlights how the announcement will come at a time when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has allowed Internet access within moving vehicles through the Starlink platform. The only caveat is that it will have to deal with “overlap” from other services, although this aspect will appear redundant through the partnership.
The site also mentions SpaceX’s ongoing battle with another satellite provider, DISH. Musk states that if the 12GHz spectrum were to share satellite frequencies with its terrestrial 5G network, Starlink’s internet would subsequently become “unusable” due to potential interference.
In any case, the alliance between Starlink and T-Mobile could see both companies eligible for government subsidies related to rural internet investments.
As such, rural coverage could be the area of discussion in today’s live broadcast. T-Mobile itself has a 5G coverage quota it’s looking to fill, and help from Starlink can help make that happen. Notebookcheck shows how T-Mobile’s cell towers can take advantage of Starlink’s infrastructure on the ground rather than investing in fiber for rural areas.
as such Referred to by GeekwireThe terrestrial wireless space is becoming increasingly more competitive, with telecom giants Verizon and AT&T also providing 5G connections.
Elsewhere, Starlink was the subject of discussion at a recent security event, which saw a researcher demonstrate how to hack satellite dish services with a $25 homemade device.