Space-Based 5G Service Coming to Rural Africa, India
AST SpaceMobile and Vodafone today unveiled plans for the world's first commercial mobile network for standard 4G/5G phones that operates from satellites in orbit instead of ground-based towers. The network is planned to launch in 2023, covering 1.6 billion people in the 49 largest countries in the equatorial regions. Service will launch initially in DRC, Ghana, Mozambique, Kenya, and Tanzania, expanding later to India and Europe. Using a network of 20 satellites, the service is intended to fill coverage gaps in rural and remote areas, as well as providing vital communications in the event of a natural or humanitarian disaster that damages ground-based networks. AST's technology does not require a special, expensive satellite phone, but rather is designed to work with ordinary cell phones. A rival company — Lynk Global — announced a successful test of similar technology in March.
Mar 18, 2020
Virginia startup Lynk Global has successfully demonstrated new technology that allows satellites in low-earth orbit to communicate directly with standard, unmodified mobile phones on the ground. In multiple verified tests starting February 24th, Lynk was able to broadcast an emergency alert containing a text message from one of its test platforms orbiting in space, using standard GSM technology, which was successfully received by an off-the-shelf Android phone in the Falkland Islands.
Sep 2, 2020
The FCC today published the winners of the recent Auction 105 for part of the 3.5 GHz band. Verizon shelled out $1.9 billion for 557 licenses covering 157 counties, likely covering major cities.
Jan 8, 2021
Motorola today unveiled a full lineup of four new affordable phones, including three g-series models ranging from $169 – $299 and one 5G model for $399. All four feature large batteries (4,000 – 5,000 mAh) and large displays (6.5 – 6.8 inches).
Dec 4, 2018
Verizon Wireless today said its customers now have access to daily wireless service in 54 additional countries abroad. TravelPass costs $10 per day and allows people to make calls, send texts, and use high-speed data.
Aug 5, 2020
Samsung today revealed its latest Galaxy Note phones: the Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra . On the software side, the new Note phones include an overhauled Samsung Notes app with free cloud sync, PDF annotation, nested folder structure, personalized handwriting neaten-ing, sound recordings time-synced with your own notes, and sync with both OneNote and Outlook.
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