In a recent article, SpaceX said that 5G will make its satellite internet service unusable for most Americans. Now, the company wants to build new satellites to extend its Starlink mobile service to more remote areas. Earlier, Dish and RS Access opposed SpaceX’s request, arguing that it would cause interference at 12GHz frequencies. In response, SpaceX has requested spectrum to upgrade its Starlink service.
SpaceX says 5G will make its satellite internet service “unusable” for most Americans
According to a new report, most of the U.S. population will experience harmful interference from 5G signals around 77% of the time, making it nearly impossible to use the company’s satellite internet service. This makes it impossible to provide reliable high-speed internet access to the vast majority of Americans, and SpaceX is worried about its own future. The company recently said it hopes to launch more than 4,200 Starlink satellites over the next few decades. However, if the FCC approves Dish Network’s 5G proposal, SpaceX’s satellite internet service will be completely useless for most Americans.
It wants to expand Starlink to serve mobile phone users in remote locations
The space company recently announced that it will be able to provide internet access to users in remote locations with the help of a satellite service, and has already launched mobile roaming in the Ukraine. The service was set up just as Russia was invading Ukraine, and was carried out with U.S. government support. In the Ukraine, mobile roaming enabled users to connect to the internet even when traveling by vehicle. While this may be beneficial for users in remote areas, it also has a large benefit for digital nomads living in the West, who can work remotely from a cabin or watch Netflix on their RV.
It wants to build a fleet of new satellites
Elon Musk has been busy lately with Tesla and pushing human space exploration. But now he has a new idea – building a space internet. The satellites would be placed in orbit at 750 miles, allowing for an internet three times as fast as that available on the International Space Station (ISS). Using high-speed satellites, SpaceX plans to provide an ultra-fast internet, bridging the digital divide and improving speeds for consumers.
It wants to expand service to remote areas
The first phase of Starlink’s commercial operations should start in late October 2021. But there are several challenges that the company faces before it is ready to provide robust mobile service. First, it must become financially sustainable. Musk acknowledged that the first-generation Satellite V1 is insufficiently profitable, and the company will need to build a new Starship rocket that will launch the second-generation constellation and handle the massive amount of bandwidth it will require.
It wants to improve service reliability
To make Starlink as reliable as possible, the company has added additional satellites to the network. The more satellites in orbit, the better, but it is not yet clear how much of a difference these new satellites will make in connection reliability. The first phase of the new network consists of 4,200 satellites, although the FCC has granted approval to launch a whopping 12000 in the future.