The news: Mobile operators and smartphone companies are investing in mobile satellite connectivity to send messages or make voice calls, per Android Central.
Laying out the mobile satellite connectivity landscape: Apple introduced emergency satellite connectivity for consumers with the iPhone 14 and Globalstar’s satellite network, and now the rest of the mobile industry is following suit at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC).
From emergency services to ubiquitous satellite connectivity: Apple’s solution is designed to access satellites for emergency connectivity and has already saved lives.
While the rest of the smartphone industry may be behind Apple by a year, the involvement of satellite providers, smartphone manufacturers, and companies like Qualcomm and MediaTek ensures expedient adoption.
Our take: Various smartphone manufacturers will integrate satellite connectivity into their flagship devices within a year, and the feature could trickle down to the midrange of the market within three to four years.
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