Space-Based 5G Service Coming to Rural Africa, India
Dec 16, 2020, 1:44 PM by Rich Brome
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.
Aug 25, 2022
SoundCore today announced the Space A40 wireless earbuds and Space Q45 Headphones, part of a new line of audio accessories that have key features like ANC (adaptive noise cancelling), but are affordably priced. The Space A40 Bluetooth earbuds offer 10 hours of listening on their own, and 50 total hours with the included charging case.
Nov 16, 2022
In an interview with Phone Scoop, Brian Mecum, Verizon VP of Device Technology said "satellite is a very interesting space to us", when asked if Verizon planned an answer to T-Mobile's partnership with SpaceX for satellite connectivity. T-Mobile's planned system will allow existing, standard mobile phones to connect directly to SpaceX Starlink satellites for service outside of cellular coverage.
Sep 6, 2022
Qualcomm has just announced the two chips that will power a great number of entry-level and mid-range Android phones in 2023: the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 6 Gen 1. Both chips integrate a 5G modem and include upgraded performance as well as new features compared to the chips they replace.
Feb 1, 2023
Samsung has officially unveiled its new flagship phones for 2023: the Galaxy S23 series. The S23 and S23+ have modest upgrades over last year's models, while the S23 Ultra has a significantly upgraded main camera.
Mar 10, 2022
Texas-based AST SpaceMobile has signed a contract with SpaceX for multiple launches to place in orbit satellites that will provide service to standard mobile phones in areas that do not otherwise have coverage. The company has tested its unique technology already, but will launch its first full-scale test satellite — BlueWalker 3 (BW3) — this summer.