Starlink & TracPlus: Revolutionary Potential for Global Connectivity

Discover the future of global connectivity through the lens of advancements in cellular over satellite communication — unlocking new possibilities for connectivity in remote areas.

In an age where connectivity is paramount, the quest for global coverage leads us to the threshold of an exciting frontier: cellular via satellite communications. This emerging field promises to bridge the gap where traditional networks cant reach, offering the potential to stay connected in the most remote corners of the world. Among the pioneers in this arena, Starlink has captured the world's attention, but what does this mean for TracPlus users of dual cellular and satellite devices like the RockAIR, and what does the future hold for this technology, and how are we at TracPlus are embracing its evolution?

At TracPlus, we're diving deep into the potential of connecting phones and devices directly through satellites, cutting through the complexity to bring you straightforward, reliable solutions. Our focus is on understanding and implementing this technology to enhance safety and reliability in mission-critical communication.

Emerging Technologies in Global Connectivity

In the realm of global connectivity, the development of cellular over satellite technology represents an exciting expansion of our communication toolbox. This innovative approach works alongside our established and trusted Iridium network partnership, enhancing the breadth of communication possibilities for TracPlus users, especially those utilising devices like the RockAIR and TracPlus Beacon.

The Iridium network has been a cornerstone in mission-critical communication, offering reliability and coverage even in the most remote areas. Its short burst data capability has proven invaluable for efficient, essential data transmission. Cellular over satellite technology, enabled by non-terrestrial networks (NTN), introduces complementary benefits by expanding the type and volume of data that can be transmitted. This isn’t about replacing the proven reliability of Iridium; it's about augmenting our capabilities to include features like image transmission, voice communication, and real-time analytics—possibilities that were once constrained by data volume limitations.

Cellular over satellite technology offers the potential to lower operating costs and increase the efficiency of data transmission, offering a broader range of communication options. This evolution allows us to explore new frontiers in connectivity while continuing to rely on the Iridium network for its proven, mission-critical reliability. For TracPlus, it's an opportunity to blend the best of both worlds: maintaining the dependable foundation provided by Iridium and embracing the expanded possibilities brought forth by cellular over satellite.

The Role of Various Innovators and Technical Insights: Bridging the Gap with NB-IoT and 3GPP

SpaceX's Starlink has captivated audiences worldwide with its initiative to provide high-speed internet through a constellation of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. Yet, Starlink represents just one facet of a broader movement. Innovators such as Globalstar, OneWeb, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon Satellite system are also making significant strides, each leveraging LEO satellites to expand global coverage. This collective push towards enhanced satellite communication sets the stage for a future where connectivity reaches every corner of the globe.

Central to this future are the advancements in Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) and the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards, which play pivotal roles in the development of 5G non-terrestrial networks (NTNs). NB-IoT, a low power wide area network (LPWAN) technology, is designed to transmit small amounts of data over long distances, offering a highly efficient means of communication for IoT devices in remote or challenging environments.

The endorsement of 5G NTNs by 3GPP marks a significant milestone, laying the groundwork for integrating satellite networks with the next generation of cellular technology. This approval ensures compatibility and optimises performance across various communication platforms, facilitating a seamless blend of terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks. Such integration is crucial for ensuring that devices can maintain connectivity, whether through the nearest cell tower or a satellite orbiting Earth.

The integration of NB-IoT with satellite communication, particularly through initiatives like the 2GHz spectrum used by SpaceX, paves the way for a unified communication infrastructure. This infrastructure is not only more resilient but also more expansive, capable of supporting a wide array of applications—from basic data transmission to more complex requirements like real-time analytics, image transmission, and voice communication.

For TracPlus, this evolving landscape opens up new possibilities for enhancing our service offerings. Leveraging NB-IoT's compatibility with satellite networks allows us to ensure that critical data is reliably transmitted across any terrain, reinforcing our commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions for mission-critical operations.


The horizon of global connectivity is expanding rapidly, propelled by the innovative leap of satellite to cellular communications. At TracPlus, we're actively embracing this advancement, positioning ourselves at the forefront of a revolution that promises to redefine the essence of connectivity for mission-critical operations.

The collaboration with leaders such as Starlink, Globalstar, OneWeb, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon Satellite system underscores a shared vision to eliminate the constraints of geography on communication. For TracPlus clients, this isn't just about broader coverage; it's about delivering tangible benefits that enhance operational efficiency and safety in real-world scenarios.

Imagine firefighters on the ground, equipped with the ability to receive and share real-time insights into dynamic fire situations, no matter their location. Picture aircraft, seamlessly streaming vital data on fire perimeters and weather conditions directly to incident commanders, enabling informed decision-making in critical moments. This is the future TracPlus is committed to delivering—a world where every member of an emergency response team, from ground crews to aerial support, remains interconnected, ensuring that vital information is always at their fingertips.

In this interconnected future, TracPlus is not just adapting to these changes; we are actively shaping them, ensuring our solutions leverage the latest in technology to offer unmatched safety, reliability, and innovative capabilities to mission-critical operators around the world.

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