Musk’s Starlink Could Use Vodafone Spectrum To Cover UK: Report

Elon Musk’s Starlink is considering a tie-up with Vodafone Group Plc to expand its satellite broadband service to the UK, the Telegraph reported on Sunday, citing unidentified people in the industry.

Starlink is looking for ground station infrastructure and high-frequency spectrum to expand the capacity of its service, according to the newspaper.

A spokesperson for Vodafone told The Telegraph: “Regarding the satellite spectrum, we can confirm that we are in talks with several operators. We are on the verge of making a deal. “

Starlink did not respond to the Telegraph’s request for comment.

The newspaper cited a Vodafone filing with UK industry regulator Ofcom indicating that the company is open to approaches from satellite companies that may want to lease the spectrum it holds under license for use in gateway links to their satellites.

Starlink competes with UK-backed OneWeb to deliver low-earth orbit Internet to consumers and businesses in areas of the world where fixed and wireless terrestrial communications are not cost-effective.

The two are seeking partnerships with telecom companies as part of the process. In September, OneWeb announced an agreement with AT&T Inc. for the latter to use OneWeb’s satellites to provide broadband to businesses in remote areas.

Starlink has previously said it has signed agreements with two telecommunications operators in “big countries” that it did not name, while Space Exploration Technologies Corp. of Musk is approaching Starlink’s near-global coverage.

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