SpaceX and T-Mobile are organizing a joint event. This will happen on Thursday, August 25 at 8 p.m. ET. The two companies said they would announce plans to “increase connectivity” during the event. But they gave no further details.
A presentation will be made during the event by “the chief engineer”, in the words of The Verge, of SpaceX who is none other than Elon Musk and the CEO and president of T-Mobile, Mike Sievert. For information, this famous event will take place on SpaceX’s Starbase launch site, which is located in southern Texas. Not long ago, a prototype spacecraft was loaded onto the launch pad. Be aware that the live stream link is already available online.
Is this a spectrum announcement of any kind?
It’s unclear exactly what the two companies mean by “increasing connectivity.” However, it can be any spectrum announcement. In June, SpaceX and Dish had a dispute over a range of radio frequencies known as the 12 GHz band.
This spectrum is used by the company, but Dish may be able to convince the FCC to use it. But SpaceX claims that if the spectrum is opened up to them, customers will suffer a detrimental consequence, and more specifically, according to The Verge “total outage of service 74% of the time.” This is why the first hypothesis about this event concerns an announcement of any spectrum.
Boosting Starlink’s satellite internet connections in rural areas and T-Mobile’s home internet product?
The second hypothesis is that this partnership could be a way for the two companies to strengthen both Starlink’s Internet connections, which are sometimes overloaded, in rural areas and T-Mobile’s home Internet product, which for the moment does not has insufficient coverage. But maybe it’s just an offer from SpaceX for T-Mobile subscribers.
For your information, T-Mobile’s home internet service has no contract or data cap. It’s powered by 5G and LTE instead of phone lines or cable and it costs $50 with a specialty router included in the price.