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Samsung announces two-way satellite connectivity for smartphones

Samsung has developed two-way satellite connectivity for smartphones. Based on the 5G NTN (Non-Terrestrial Networks) technology, it allows two-way connectivity between smartphones and satellites allowing users to exchange text, and calls and use data without a mobile network, that is suited for remote areas.

The smartphone giant plans to use the technology for its future Exynos modems. The race for non-terrestrial communication is growing among the smartphone OEMs and Samsung’s latest development might stir next-level competition in the area.

But it’s not the first time such technology has been announced. US phone maker Apple has integrated a similar emergency SOS feature in its latest iPhone 14 series which allows phone owners to send text messages useful during an emergency. The service has already helped rescue people stranded in the wild.

Likewise, Samsung’s NTN version unlocks connectivity to regions deprived of traditional telecommunication networks. The company says its 5G NTN tech will allow people to communicate during worst-case scenarios just like what we have seen with Apple’s similar technology.

Min Goo Kim, Executive Vice President of CP (Communication Processor) Development at Samsung Electronics, said, “This milestone builds on our rich legacy in wireless communications technologies, following the introduction of the industry’s first commercial 4G LTE modem in 2009 and the industry’s first 5G modem in 2018. Samsung aims to take the lead in advancing hybrid terrestrial-NTN communications ecosystems worldwide in preparation for the arrival of 6G.“

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Samsung develops 5G NTN technology that allows two-way satellite communication

The two-way satellite communication technology of Samsung meets the standards of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP Release 17). It means that the technology is interoperable and compatible with traditional connectivity systems built by chip and phone manufacturers, and telecom service providers. It leads to the prospects of the technology’s integration into smartphones in near future. Samsung has already made its effort as well.

The company demoed its 5G NTN technology by connecting with the Low Earth Orbit satellites simulating its Exynos 5300 5G modem.

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More than just text

Despite satellite services being limited to text messages at large, Samsung says its technology will bring not just two-way text, but also high-definition video streaming to smartphones via satellites.

The technology could come starting with the Galaxy S24 series. But it is a sad thing that the technology is missing in the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, which is now available to buy in Nepal.

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