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Direct-to-cell

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

 

Source: Economic Times

 Context: SpaceX successfully launched the first set of Starlink satellites equipped with direct-to-cell capabilities.  Top of Form

 

About Direct to cell:

  • Direct-to-cell refers to a technology that enables communication signals, such as text messages, voice, and data, to be transmitted directly from space-based satellites to mobile devices (cell phones) without the need for traditional ground-based infrastructure.
  • In the context of SpaceX’s Starlink project, direct-to-cell capabilities allow the delivery of wireless services, including network access and communication services, to mobile users in specific geographical areas using satellite connectivity.
  • This technology is particularly useful in remote or underserved regions where establishing traditional terrestrial networks may be challenging or economically unfeasible.