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AT&T believes T-Mobile and SpaceX’s Starlink should not approve satellite phone service as is, notified the FCC of the opinion of filing (PDF).As bloomberg The company notes that it has expressed concern that, in the current state of the proposal, its service could interfere with existing wireless services. ”[I]It is of utmost importance not to jeopardize or impede the provision of terrestrial wireless service,” AT&T wrote.
Last August, T-Mobile and SpaceX announced a partnership that would allow telecom subscribers to connect and receive Starlink’s second-generation satellites, even in the most remote locations.Companies are preparing to begin testing this year, and the FCC looking for comments (PDF) was announced in April on a request to establish Supplemental Coverage from Space (SCS). AT&T’s filing answers that call.
The news agency said FCC rules “do not authorize SpaceX’s proposed use of T-Mobile’s terrestrial frequencies,” and that the two companies “do not have the necessary rule exemptions to approve the proposed SCS authorization.” not even demanding, much less justifying,” he wrote. Furthermore, “More broadly, the applicant’s technical proof of the risk of harmful interference posed by the planned SCS deployment is woefully inadequate. SpaceX and T-Mobile’s applications fall far short of the exemption criteria. and will not be allowed under the current application,” he added. state. “
AT&T is planning its own satellite service in partnership with telecoms specialist AST SpaceMobile. In April, the two companies used a Samsung Galaxy S22 smartphone to successfully make the first two-way satellite voice call to a Japanese Rakuten number on AT&T’s network in Texas. Consistent with its comments, the airline assured in its filing that “AT&T and AST intend to provide the necessary demonstrations to demonstrate that they do not cause interference with licensed ground systems.” bottom.