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First SpaceX Satellites Launch for Direct to Cell Service with KDDI

04/01/2024

KDDI CORPORATION

January 4,2024

-- Tokyo, January 4, 2024 KDDI is pleased to announce that on January 3, 2024, SpaceX successfully launched and deployed into orbit the first 6 Starlink satellites with Direct to Cell capabilities.

Leveraging SpaceXs Starlink satellites and KDDIs national wireless spectrum nationwide, satellite-to-cellular service is planned to be launched by the end of 2024 [

1], enabling connectivity in dead cell zones as long as there is a clear view of the sky. This will enhance KDDIs cellular connectivity to areas beyond the limits of traditional 4G and 5G networks including remote islands and mountains.

KDDI, in partnership with SpaceX, along with global cellular providers including T-Mobile, look forward to testing the direct to cell system using these satellites.

For more details, please visit

https://www.au.com/english/lp/starlink/.







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Direct to Cell Satellite Payload Deployment into Orbit>

(Reference) 7 Cellular Providers with Starlink Direct to Cell

T-Mobile (USA)

Optus (Australia)

Rogers (Canada)

One NZ (New Zealand)

Salt (Switzerland)

Entel (Chile)

KDDI (Japan)

First Direct to Cell satellite

Leverages the v2 mini platform that is already used at scale by Starlink broadband

Large phased arrays to support communication to unmodified commercially available LTE phones

SpaceX built LTE radios and software to handle doppler and delay compensation

Connects to the existing Starlink constellation using intersatellite laser links

Inserted into Low Earth orbit using the highly reliable Falcon 9

About Starlinks Direct to Cell The worlds most advanced satellite constellation using a low Earth orbit, Starlink is now deploying satellites with Direct to Cell capabilities at scale. A growing number of global telecommunication carriers are already working with Starlink to ultimately deliver ubiquitous text, voice, and data wherever their subscribers can see the sky, all over the globe. Starlinks Direct to Cell works with existing phones and IoT devices with common LTE standards, requiring no changes to hardware, firmware, or downloading apps. Learn more at

direct.starlink.com.

[1]

Availability subject to regulatory approval. Starting with SMS with voice and data to follow.

The information contained in the news releases is current at the time of publication. Products, service fees,service content and specifications, contact information, and other details are subject to change without notice.
LINK: https://news.kddi.com/kddi/corporate/english/newsrelease/2024/01/04/71...
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