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Updated January 3rd, 2024 at 20:03 IST

SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket with first set of Starlink satellites

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday with the first set of Starlink satellites

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T-Mobile US said on Wednesday SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday with the first set of Starlink satellites that can beam phone signals from space directly to smartphones.

The US wireless carrier will use Elon Musk-owned SpaceX's Starlink satellites to provide mobile users with network access in parts of the United States, the companies had announced in August 2022.

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"Starlink satellites with Direct to Cell capabilities enable ubiquitous access to texting, calling, and browsing wherever you may be on land, lakes, or coastal waters," according to SpaceX.

Other wireless providers across the world, including Japan's KDDI, Australia's Optus, New Zealand's One NZ, Canada's Rogers will collaborate with SpaceX to launch direct-to-cell technology.

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Initially, the direct-to-cell service will begin with text messaging followed by voice and data capabilities in the coming years, T-Mobile said.

(With Reuters Inputs)

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Published January 3rd, 2024 at 20:03 IST

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