The internet company could see its services affected due to a large interference from 5G networks. In one analysis, SpaceXwhich is also an Elon Musk company, argued that attempts by television provider Dish to open up 12 GHz spectrum for both satellite use and its mobile network would render Starlink unusable.
This review comes in response to a report by wireless Internet provider RS Access. SpaceX had already indicated that this text had “egregious errors” and “erroneous assumptions”, as they showed that mobile interference was less severe. Thus, Musk’s company conducted its own analysisensuring that their assumptions “reflect reality” and that they have corrected “several of the most obvious errors”.
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“Even with these very favorable assumptions, the analysis clearly shows that the introduction of a mobile service in the 12 GHz band would interfere with services already allocated and operating in the band, and would disrupt next-generation satellite service for Americans across the country,” SpaceX said.
Within it, the company indicated that the “harmful interference of the terrestrial mobile service” (Dish’s 5G network) within the spectrum band of 12.2-12.7GBHz would happen 77% of the time, about. SpaceX claimed that interference could cause total Starlink outages 74% of the time.
Therefore, from SpaceX’s perspective, Dish’s projects may pose an existential risk to Starlink’s business. Dish, for its part, has previously explained that opening up 12GHz to 5G represents a win for everyone involved.
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“We believe that coexistence is possible. We want to protect our own satellite service”, Jeff Blum, executive vice president of External and Legislative Affairs at Dish, had told Fierce Wireless last year.
SpaceX has taken the matter to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This was discovered by CNBC, through a letter where the agency asks that it “investigate whether Dish and RS Access filed intentionally misleading reports”.
“This analysis verifies what should be intuitive: that a high-power terrestrial network would affect anyone using the highly sensitive equipment that satellite consumers must use to receive signals that comply with international power restrictionsand the commission on satellite downlink transmissions,” David Goldman, SpaceX director of Satellite Policy Over, said in the letter.
“As a result, far fewer Americans could connect using next-generation satellite servicesand those that remain will experience service degradation and regular network outages,” added Goldman.