- Elon Musk has reached an agreement with T-mobile to provide smartphone service underwater, in remote areas
- He believes the deal will end a situation where people lose communication due to lack of network coverage
- It is estimated that a third of the Nigerian population does not have access to telecommunication network services
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By 2023, smartphone users will be able to use their mobile service underwater or in remote areas.
This is due to a partnership between Elon Musk’s satellite business SpaceX and network operator T-Mobile.
According to reports, SpaceX, the parent company of Internet operator Starlink, and T-Mobile are collaborating to leverage their services to allow smartphone customers to use their cell phones at long distances without upgrading to a larger satellite phone.
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Current smartphones are designed to connect to cell towers within about 10 km (6 mi), making it impossible for users to operate their mobile service in remote areas without cell towers.
However, with a satellite-connected phone, smartphone service remains connected 500 km away. And with SpaceX operating 2,700 satellites in orbit, the company owned by Elon Musk, T-Mobile will connect with Starlink’s second generation satellites.
Although the connection does not enable voice calls in remote areas, Prime Business Africa has learned that messaging, MMS and some messaging apps continue to function.
The service is reportedly only available to T-Mobile users in the United States, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Hawaii.
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Remember that in August SpaceX founder, Elon Musk, said on Twitter, “Starlink V2, which will launch next year, will transmit directly to mobile phones, eliminating dead zones worldwide.”
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Also during a joint session in August between Musk and T-Mobile Chief Executive Officer, Mike Sievert, the former richest person in the world said,
“This will not have the kind of bandwidth that a Starlink terminal will have, but this will enable SMS, it will allow images and if there are not too many people in the cell zone, you can even potentially have a little video”.
Musk also said that:
“We will no longer read about these tragedies that have happened where people are lost, and if only they could call for help, they would be OK.”
FG says Elon Musk’s Starlink to roll out internet service December 2022
Remember that Legit.ng reports that the Nigerian government has said Elon Musk’s satellite internet service, Starlink, will roll out operations in Nigeria before the end of 2022.
The announcement comes as the federal government has entered into a partnership with billionaire space exploration company SpaceX to deliver broadband service across Nigeria.
Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, made the announcement at the US Space Forum at the just concluded US-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington.