While Apple continues to move from the satellite connection front, a rumor emerges on the net according to which Elon Musk would like to expand the availability of his Starlink service from 500,000 subscribers worldwide.
Indeed, the new CEO of Twitter would like to allow users to use Starlink as a connection system even from their smartphones.
The company would be working on a technology that would allow users to connect their smartphones directly to the Starlink network without using special equipment, unlike what happens for home satellite connectivity.
SpaceX has also filed an application with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to equip some of its second-generation Starlink satellites with direct-to-cellular hardware. The company aims to provide voice, messaging and web browsing services to users with theoretical peak speeds of up to 18.3 Mbps downlink.
Starlink is also working on the speed of the service, after a cut of up to 50% was recorded in the US: the space company has submitted a request to launch another 7,500 Gen2 satellites by the end of the decade, which will add to the 3,500 already in orbit first generation satellites. Obviously at present it is not known when and if a system of this type will see the light, and we will update you as soon as further details become available.