5G networks can create interference that prevents the normal operation of Starlink, said the head of SpaceX, Elon Musk. According to an article published by SpaceX this week, if the American broadcasting corporation DISH Network opens the 12 GHz frequency for satellite communications and the 5G mobile network, interference will occur, which will make it impossible to use Starlink products. Currently, Starlink satellites use the 12 GHz band to provide downlink services in the United States.
According to the article, in 77% of cases, the land-based mobile communication service (that is, DISH’s 5G network) will create “harmful interference” in the range of 12.2-12.7 GHz. As a result, due to interference 74% of the time, Starlink satellites will not be able to work normally. According to SpaceX, the plans promoted by DISH potentially jeopardize the existence of Starlink’s business in certain markets. However, according to the broadcaster itself, the opening of the 12 GHz band for 5G networks will be beneficial to both sides.
“We want to coexist. We are sure that existence side by side is possible. We want to protect our own satellite communications service,” Jeff Blum, Deputy Executive Director for External and Legal Affairs, told Fierce Wireless last year.
According to DISH, its experts are currently studying SpaceX’s statements.