In the midst of the MWC 2023, Qualcomm has announced that it is working with Chinese cellular brands to provide handsets with satellite communication capabilities.
This announcement comes amid a general revolution in the market, as chip companies are competing to bring this type of communication to cell phones across the market.
The official announcement
“Snapdragon Satellite enables (enterprises) to offer truly global pole-to-pole coverage and can support two-way messaging for emergency use, SMS (short message service) messaging and other messaging applications,” said Mike Roberts, vice president of global product marketing at Qualcomm at a press conference.
The company first presented its satellite communications solutions in January in collaboration with Iridium, a global satellite communications provider. Qualcomm said that such technology will be integrated into its Snapdragon 5G modem RF system and will be used in next-generation smartphones available from the second half of 2023.
Snapdragon Satellite can also be used in other devices, including laptops, tablets and connected vehicles. the company said.
As the company notes, the user will be able to send SMS or OTT (over-the-top) app messages such as WhatsApp of up to 140 characters.
Qualcomm is looking to compete in the midst of an increasingly challenging market for innovation.
MediaTekof Taiwan, made its own announcement ahead of the MWCsaying it will partner with Motorola, a Lenovo Group company, and Bullitt, a UK-based rugged mobile device manufacturer, to demonstrate 5G non-terrestrial networks (NTN) in smartphones.
The first focus of MediaTek is to incorporate such technology into a separate chip, dubbed MT6825, which can be used in flagship smartphones to offer this new communication feature, said company president Joe Chen.
Samsung revealed that it is working to integrate satellite communications technology into the company’s Exynos modem solutions, with the goal of accelerating the commercialization of 5G satellite communications and potentially paving the way for the 6G-driven “Internet of Everything” era.
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