- Samsung has announced its 5G non-terrestrial networks (NTN) modem as a solution for smartphone satellite communication in areas with no cellular network support.
- The company plans to integrate the technology into its in-house Exynos chip, and it may indicate that the company plans to use its own processors in flagship smartphones in the future.
- Samsung is also developing a non-terrestrial NTN ecosystem for when 6G becomes available and will offer more than two-way texting by allowing the exchange of photos and videos over satellite networks.
Samsung announced a 5G non-terrestrial networks (NTN) modem as its solution for smartphone satellite communication in regions where there is bad or no cellular network support.
The company said that it would integrate the tech into its in-house Exynos chip. This is a curious statement because Samsung flagship smartphones use Snapdragon chips. So, it could mean that the company plans to begin fitting its own processors into them in the future.
Samsung is trying to rival Apple, who equipped its iPhone 14 with satellite technology and plan to keep doing so with upcoming models.
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“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,” Min Goo Kim, vice president of communication processor development at the South Korean company, said.
In addition, Kim added that the company is looking at building a non-terrestrial NTN ecosystem for when 6G becomes a thing. Samsung will do Apple one better by offering more than two-way texting as it says its satellite networks will support photos and videos exchanging.
Apple still relies on Globalstar for the satellite support but as we have come to expect, the company could also be working on its own network of non-terrestrial networks.
Qualcomm, the provider of Snapdragon which powers Samsung and other flagship Android phones, is also in the race for satellite connectivity and already announced a partnership with Iridium, a global satellite communications company.
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