SpaceX, led by Elon Musk, recently revealed a groundbreaking new project that redefines mobile connectivity by introducing its Starlink Direct to Cell service. It now has a dedicated website that explains how it works.
Starlink Direct to Cell service plans to offer seamless access to global text, voice, and data for LTE phones by utilizing the extensive Starlink satellite network orbiting Earth.
Starting in 2024, it will provide “ubiquitous coverage” for texting, and by 2025, it will also offer voice and data coverage and IoT services. The service will provide reliable connectivity, whether on land, water or in an area with poor or no cell coverage.
The satellites will be launched into space using the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and soon with the SpaceX Starship. Once in space, they will connect instantly to the Starlink constellation using laser backhaul to provide global connectivity.
Starlink has partnered with various telecom companies to offer this service in certain countries. T-Mobile is partnering with the United States, Rogers for Canada, KDDI for Japan, Optus for Australia, One NZ for New Zealand, and Salt for Switzerland. Additional partners in other markets are expected to join soon.