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AT&T Commits to Space-Based Coverage for Dead Zones

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May 16, 2024, 11:00 AM   by Rich Brome

After a series of successful tests, AT&T has signed a firm contract with AST SpaceMobile to provide space-based cellular service in all parts of the US where its terrestrial network does not reach. AST's solution involves launching huge new satellites that can connect directly to existing, off-the-shelf cell phones. T-Mobile is working with SpaceX on a similar system. (Most other services providing satellite connectivity for phones require special support in new phones.) AST conducted a series of tests in 2023 with its test satellite successfully proving voice calls, 4G data, and 5G data. The initial commercial network will consist of five new satellites in low-earth orbit, which will be delivered to SpaceX this summer for launch.

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imapolymorph

May 18, 2024, 9:08 AM

At&t just needs to go away.

The company has now been found to be paying off legislators to get bills passed. Screw that. Even mention of them on here is feeding the beast
It looks as if the FIRST need to fix their terrestrial network before worrying about expanding into space. What good is filling in dead zones if your entire network is down?
 
 
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