- Elon Musk has reached an agreement with T-mobile to offer smartphone service underwater, in remote areas
- He believes the deal will put an end to a situation where people lose communication due to lack of network coverage.
- It is estimated that one 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 stems from a partnership between Elon Musk’s satellite business SpaceX and network operator T-Mobile.
SpaceX, the parent company of internet operator Starlink, and T-Mobile are reportedly collaborating to take advantage of their services to allow smartphone customers to use their mobile phones in distant locations without having to upgrade to a larger satellite phone. .
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Today’s smartphones are designed to connect to cell towers within a radius of about 10 km (6 miles), making it impossible for users to operate their wireless service in remote areas without cell towers.
However, with a satellite-connected phone, smartphone service stays connected 500 km away. And with SpaceX operating 2,700 satellites in orbit, the Elon Musk-owned firm T-Mobile will connect to Starlink’s second-generation satellites.
Although the connection will not enable voice calls in remote areas, Prime Business Africa has learned that messaging, MMS and some messaging apps will still work.
It is reported that the service will only be 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 declared on Twitter that “Starlink V2, due to launch next year, will stream directly to mobile phones, eliminating dead zones around the world.”
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Furthermore, during a joint session in August between Musk and T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert, the former world’s richest person said:
“This won’t have the kind of bandwidth that a Starlink terminal will have, but it will allow you to send text messages, it will enable images, and if there aren’t too many people in the cellular zone, you can even have a little bit of video. .”
Musk also stated that:
“We will no longer read about these tragedies that occurred where people got lost and if only they could have asked for help, they would be fine.”
FG says Elon Musk’s Starlink will launch internet service in December 2022
Remember that legit.ng reported that the Nigerian government said that Elon Musk’s satellite internet service, Starlink, will be rolling out operations in Nigeria before the end of 2022.
The announcement comes as the federal government has partnered with the billionaire’s space exploration company, SpaceX, to provide broadband service in Nigeria.
Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, made the announcement at the US Space Forum at the US-Africa Leaders Summit that just ended in Washington.