Explained: How Does Satellite Connectivity Work on smartphones?

You must have heard about satellite connectivity but do you know how it works? There are many people who know what is satellite connectivity but there are only a very few people who know what is the process and how it works. In this article, we are going to educate you about satellite connectivity as many smartphone brands are bringing satellite connectivity on their phones prompting users curious and excited to learn more about it. Therefore, we have come up with this article to tell you about satellite connectivity. Let’s delve deep into the details and find out more about it. Swipe down the page.

Satellite Connectivity Work on smartphones

How Does Satellite Connectivity Work?

For the first time, Apple introduced satellite connectivity in iPhone 14 which was a big deal as users can send SOS messages without WiFi, SIM card, or cell service through satellite connectivity. How does it work? Cell phones usually connect to towers established on the ground. The near you are to a tower the more network bars you will see in your cell phone and you will be able for better service. But when you go far away from the tower your signals become weak and you are no longer able to use cellular services to send or receive SOS messages or phone calls.

Satellite phones beam signals up to satellites orbiting out of the Earth. For the unversed, each satellite covers more area than a single cell tower leading phones with satellite connectivity maintain connections better in remote places without ground towers nearby. This is predominantly useful for emergencies in disaster or rural areas with limited cell infrastructure. There is also a cache that satellite connectivity generally needs specialized hardware, particularly an antenna that can transmit to satellites and receive signals from there. But the emerging technology does not need such hardware to transmit and receive signals from there. 

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At Mobile World Congress 2023 several leading smartphone brands demonstrated their latest enhancements in satellite connectivity. This depicts how the industry is increasing efforts to bring robust satellite communication capabilities to mainstream 5G smartphones. MediaTek showed its NR-NTN technology for two-way messaging via satellite on Android phones. It also unveiled its next-generation NR-NTN for higher satellite data rates and expanded use cases. For the unversed, MediaTek already has commercial devices integrating its satellite tech through partners like Motorola, which was also the motive of the Mobile World Congress 2023. Stay tuned to this website.

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