SpaceX Receives FCC Approval for Starlink Direct-To-Cell Tests

SpaceX has secured approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to conduct tests for its Starlink Direct-To-Cell system.

The FCC on Thursday granted SpaceX a six-month authorization for these trials, set to be conducted in partnership with T-Mobile. The tests will involve signals exchanged between orbiting Starlink satellites and ordinary mobile phones on the ground. Approximately 2,000 test devices and 840 satellites equipped with direct-to-cellular payloads will be utilized during this experimental phase. (via PCMag)

The goal is to offer reliable cell connectivity in remote and underserved areas, eliminating the need for specialized equipment in areas beyond the reach of traditional cell towers.

While the FCC’s temporary authorization acknowledges the potential for radio interference, concerns have been raised by other carriers and satellite providers, including AT&T, Dish Network, and Globalstar. SpaceX, however, has issued a rebuttal, asserting that the cellular Starlink system will benefit consumers without posing a threat to existing radio signals.

SpaceX plans to launch the cellular Starlink system for T-Mobile and other partners, including Rogers in Canada, with initial test message service expected next year and full voice and data capabilities slated for 2025.

The full approval is below.

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