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In the US, cellular communication from space will be launched, which will work on ordinary smartphones

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar May18,2024

The US will launch cellular communication from space, which will work on ordinary smartphones

The American telecom operator is preparing to introduce a unique satellite-mobile network to ensure comprehensive coverage.
American telecommunications giant AT&T has entered into a commercial agreement with AST SpaceMobile, paving the way for the world's first mobile satellite network for regular phones. As reported by Engadget, this will allow to provide cellular communication to subscribers even in remote regions where there is no traditional coverage.

The concept involves the use of the AST SpaceMobile low-orbit satellite system instead of ground towers to provide voice services and data transmission. At the same time, smartphone owners will not need to install additional equipment, as satellite communication will work thanks to the chips built into the device.

Currently, the project is still at the development stage. According to the plans, the first batch of 5 AST SpaceMobile satellites should go into orbit in the summer of this year. AT&T has not yet announced a date for the commercial launch of the satellite service, but it could be available to subscribers as early as this fall.

The agreement between AT&T and AST SpaceMobile is the result of a long-standing collaboration between the two companies memorandum of understanding. Since 2018, the operator has helped the partner in testing voice calls, messages and video communication via satellites using ordinary smartphones.

Implementation of the project will allow AT&T to become the first operator to provide satellite coverage of its entire cellular network in the USA . For subscribers, this will open up the opportunity to stay in touch even in remote forested or mountainous areas.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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