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T-Mobile, Starlink under threat over cellular

Washington DC-based Omnispace, which wants to operate a global 5G satellite-to-cell phone service, has written to the FCC complaining that a rival system from T-Mobile and Starlink will “constantly” interfere with its own plans. SpaceX is currently looking to combine its Starlink low Earth orbiting satellites with T-Mobile’s terrestrial wireless network and expanding space-terrestrial services […]

August 24, 2023

Starlink in South Africa despite no licence

SpaceX’s Starlink satellite broadband service is active in South Africa despite not having been granted an operating licence. A licence is a considerable challenge for Starlink given that the company does not comply with South Africa’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment programme (BBBEE) which is an obligation and designed to enhance the economic participation of Black […]

August 23, 2023By Chris Forrester

Germany: MediaSaturn starts selling Starlink

MediaMarkt-Saturn, a giant electronics retailer in Germany, has started selling Starlink equipment throughout the country. Pre-orders are being taken for delivery after September 8th. The prices are competitive compared to other markets. The equipment (antenna, dish, cabling) comes in at €449 (includes all taxes) and can also be paid in 10 interest-free payments of €44.90, […]

August 23, 2023By Chris Forrester

SpaceX readies busy launch schedule

Subject to the usual weather considerations, SpaceX has a busy few days ahead with its Starlink broadband satellites, as well as a launch for SES of two of its much-needed O3b/mPOWER craft. On August 16th at 8.14pm Florida-time it is planning to place a batch of 22 Starlink satellites (Mission 6-10) from Space Launch complex […]

August 15, 2023By Chris Forrester

SpaceX places another 22 satellites into orbit

SpaceX carried out a flawless rocket launch and successful landing on its Falcon 9 booster and in the process placed 22 Starlink V-2 ‘mini’ broadband satellites into their transfer orbit on August 11th from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The launch meant that SpaceX had orbited a total of 51 satellites last week (and […]

August 14, 2023By Chris Forrester

Azerbaijan minister meets Musk

Azerbaijani Minister of Digital Development and Transport, Rashad Nabiyev, has met with Elon Musk at the Tesla Giga factory in Austin, Texas. The two discussed the opening up of Azerbaijan for Starlink broadband equipment as well as launches of Azerbaijani satellites on SpaceX rockets. On May 9th Azercosmos announced that it has entered into an […]

August 14, 2023By Chris Forrester

Telefónica strikes Starlink connectivity deal

Spanish telco Telefónica, through its global business unit, Telefónica Global Solutions (TGS), has become an authorised worldwide partner of SpaceX’s Starlink, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation of highly advanced satellites delivering high-speed, low-latency broadband Internet across the globe, even in the most rural and remote locations. With this agreement, TGS will be able to […]

August 9, 2023

SpaceX adds 22 Starlinks

SpaceX launched a smaller number of its Starlink satellites into orbit on August 6th, with each satellite being the larger and more powerful Version 1.5 craft. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket placed 22 of these Version 1.5 ‘mini’ Starlinks into their transfer orbits. The launch takes the overall number of Starlinks launched to 4,903, of […]

August 7, 2023By Chris Forrester

Analyst: “Starlink will dominate”

Analyst Tim Farrar of TMF Associates says that Elon Musk’s Starlink system will dominate satellite broadband “for at least the next five years”. Farrar adds that Musk is also dominating the launch business with his Falcon 9 rockets. His comments follow on from SpaceX’s comments to investors that it expects its overall (rocket launches plus […]

August 3, 2023

Starlink extends country reach

SpaceX’s Starlink broadband by satellite service has been made available in two new markets: Malaysia and Malawi. The service launched in Kenya a week ago. It is known that Zimbabwe, Botswana, Tanzania and Zambia are likely to add Starlink services later in 2023, although South Africa is still awaiting being licensed by the authorities. The […]

July 27, 2023By Chris Forrester