March 21, 2023

Direct satellite access for smartphones

Even in countries that are rich in the use of mobile phones, there are often places where the phone line is not good.

In addition, there are places where there are not many good towers necessary for a good phone line, along with remote areas, there are people who are working to communicate with mobile phones directly from space using communication satellites orbiting the earth.

AST SpaceMobile, a company based in the state of Texas, USA, is developing a technology that will allow direct connection of phone and internet to satellites with 5G speed, which can be 10 times faster than 4G phone internet speed.

Among the companies that cooperate with this AST SpaceMobile company are the big companies in the field of mobile phones, such as Vodafone and AT&T.

The company is currently testing one satellite in low Earth orbit and is currently preparing to launch five more satellites in 2023.

By 2024, the company hopes to launch 10,000 satellites to reach mobile phones around the world.

AST said that the satellite phone service will not be sold directly to those who will use the phone, but will be sold as an additional service to the phone network and service companies.

This company can compete with Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet service, and if you want to use Starlink satellite internet, you can connect to Starlink satellite using a small tablet.

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