SpaceX and T-Mobile partner on “satellite-to-cellular” service

SpaceX is partnering with T-Mobile on an ambitious plan to offer “satellite-to-cellular” service.

Connectivity will be provided by SpaceX’s second-generation Starlink satellites in combination with T-Mobile’s mid-band 5G spectrum.

T-Mobile says the “vast majority” of existing smartphones will be compatible with the new service. If all goes to plan, customers should expect “near complete coverage” across the US, including territorial waters.

"Our...

US Air Force hands SpaceX $1.9M for battle-tested Starlink services

The US Air Force has awarded SpaceX with a $1.9 million contract for its now battle-tested Starlink satellite broadband services.

As part of the contract, the US Air Force will use Starlink to support operations at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany. SpaceX will provide Starlink terminals and service access for both fixed sites and mobile users.

Starlink is currently designed for use at fixed sites. A new ‘Portability’ feature was launched earlier this year – for an...

FCC rejects Starlink’s bid for RDOF cash

The FCC has rejected Starlink’s bid for a share of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF).

“After careful legal, technical, and policy review, we are rejecting these applications.  Consumers deserve reliable and affordable high-speed broadband,” said Chairwoman Rosenworcel.

“We must put scarce universal service dollars to their best possible use as we move into a digital future that demands ever more powerful and faster networks.  We cannot afford to...

Eutelsat confirms OneWeb merge plan

French satellite firm Eutelsat has confirmed plans to merge with British low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite innovator OneWeb.

Eutelsat operates 36 geostationary (GEO) satellites, of which the first launched in 2000. The high altitudes of GEO satellites cover large geographic areas but have slow speeds and high latency.

LEO satellites – like those operated by OneWeb, SpaceX, and Telesat – require larger constellations to provide adequate coverage but support more...

FCC grants SpaceX clearance to provide moving vehicle connectivity

The FCC has granted SpaceX provisional clearance to provide its Starlink satellite connectivity to moving vehicles.

Starlink has been delivering impressive broadband speeds to static ground terminals for some time, including in Ukraine.

SpaceX hasn’t been officially authorised to provide connectivity to vehicles while they’re moving. However, that’s not stopped some people:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PDVURcvWeg

SpaceX hasn’t been shy about...

Southwest Airlines picks Viasat for in-flight WiFi

Southwest Airlines has announced that it will use connectivity from satellite firm Viasat for in-flight WiFi services.

The airline says that all new aircraft deliveries from this fall will be fitted with Viasat’s next-generation Ka-band satellite in-flight connectivity (IFC) system.

Viasat’s next-generation system will provide speeds that are typically greater than 20Mbps. With those speeds, customers will be able to stream content, watch live television, access...

Prodapt to invest £100m in UK connectivity industry

UK & India

Global consulting and tech services provider Prodapt, part of India’s 120-year-old Jhaver Group, is doubling its investment in the UK market to £100 million.

The increased commitment comes following UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s April visit to India to discuss trade and national security with the country’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

Prodapt plans to invest the amount over a number of years and anticipates creating more than 500 jobs. Earlier this year, the...

Ukraine is using Starlink to maintain global connectivity

Ukraine is successfully using SpaceX’s satellite broadband system Starlink to maintain global connectivity as it defends itself from Russia.

Following a request from Ukraine’s vice prime minister Mykhailo Fedorov to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk for assistance, a batch of Starlink stations was delivered to the country yesterday:

https://twitter.com/FedorovMykhailo/status/1498392515262746630

And, it seems, Ukrainians are having success with the system to ensure the...

Samsung and Keysight sign MoU to advance 6G research

Samsung and Keysight have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance the research and development of 6G technology.

While 5G has plenty of life yet, it’s never too soon to start preparing for what comes next. The MoU signed between Samsung and Keysight aims to do just that.

Sunghyun Choi, Executive Vice President at Samsung Research, said:

"The signing of this MoU with Keysight will greatly advance Samsung's 6G strategy of combining the company's...

Four myths debunked to support the transition to the 5G era

The launch of the 5G network ushered in a new world of connectivity and the potential to completely transform our lives.

According to Reuters, the US, China, Japan and Korea have led the way, seeing the fastest deployments globally. And Intel’s research revealed there are about 162 commercial 5G networks in 68 countries, with 153 mobile operator services globally. Additionally, more than 700 devices were announced by 90+ vendors to operate 5G cellular, 431 of those being...