Salt, Starlink Switzerland satellite connectivity deal
March 2, 2023
By Colin Mann
Switzerland-based telco Salt has agreed a deal with SpaceX to provide continuous coverage through satellite technology. This agreement, claimed as the first of its kind in Europe, leverages SpaceX’s Starlink satellite constellation as much as Salt’s mobile network to connect Salt’s current and future mobile customers to Starlink satellites, providing them with enhanced connectivity and coverage.
The partnership allows Salt to offer its customer base seamless usage, back-up coverage, and direct connections when roaming abroad via the networks of participating carriers. Customers can use the service without extra equipment or change to their handset.
Utilising both SpaceX’s Starlink satellite technology, a constellation of satellites in low orbit, backhaul and backend network paired with Salt’s world-class network, Salt and SpaceX will together provide mobile access beyond the limits of traditional cellular networks, extending its reach to remote and currently underserved areas. Ending the struggle to cover the challenging Swiss terrain and topography, including mountains, valleys, and rural areas such as the Great Aletsch Glacier area in Valais and the Canton of the Grisons.
Salt and SpaceX also invite carriers worldwide to join them in this initiative, to participate in such reciprocal access agreements to enable customers to roam globally on the direct to cell network on participating carrier networks and resulting in a further expansion of network coverage for all.
“We’re thrilled to be working alongside Salt, and this is the first announcement of its type in Europe,” declared Sara Spangelo, Sr. Director of Satellite Engineering and co-lead of direct to cell programme at SpaceX. “We will leverage our shared vision for technology innovation to improve connectivity services for customers in Switzerland and globally. From Swiss mountains to valleys, customers can now enjoy continuous coverage wherever they may travel.”
“We are beyond excited to announce this agreement with SpaceX,” added Marc Furrer, Chairman of Salt. “We always strive to bring the best technology and innovation to our customers, and working with SpaceX is a major step forward in that mission. “With full coverage and seamless usage, this service will be a game changer for anyone who needs reliable telecommunications services: the sky is the limit!”