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SpaceX Seeks Global Approval for Starlink Cellular Tests

SpaceX Seeks Global Approval for Starlink Cellular Tests

SpaceX is expanding its ambitions for its innovative satellite-to-cellphone internet service. The company has filed with the FCC to test its “Direct to Cell” Starlink technology in locations including Canada, Australia, and Japan. The goal is to deliver reliable connectivity using unmodified phones.

Partnerships and Expansion Plans

SpaceX has secured partnerships with seven global carriers, like Rogers (Canada), Optus (Australia), and KDDI (Japan). Plans for testing in four additional markets are also underway, pending local regulatory approval.

SpaceX anticipates the testing phase to continue until commercial authorization is granted by both the FCC and individual host countries.

US Progress and Consumer Outlook

The global push comes on the heels of FCC clearance for expanded Starlink cellular testing within the United States.  The company plans to launch hundreds of upgraded Starlink satellites to support this service. T-Mobile customers could see this technology in action later this year, with initial focus on text messaging and later expansion to voice and data.