Samsung is making strides in the development of its own smartphone-to-satellite communication platform, which is set to revolutionize how people communicate in remote areas. The tech giant has unveiled a new standardized 5G NTN modem that enables two-way communication between smartphones and satellites. This technology will allow users to send and receive calls, text messages, and data without the need for a cellular network, making it a critical tool in emergency situations.
The 5G NTN conforms to the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP Release 17) standards, which means it works seamlessly with traditional communication services from chip manufacturers, smartphone makers, and telecoms. However, Samsung has hinted that this technology could eventually be used to transmit high-definition photos and even video, in addition to texts and calls.
Samsung simulated the technology using its Exynos Modem 5300 platform to predict satellite locations accurately and minimize frequency offsets caused by Doppler shift. This simulation helps to pave the way for hybrid terrestrial-NTN networks in preparation for the arrival of 6G.
Samsung’s new technology aims to provide people in remote areas, such as mountains, deserts, or other critical situations, with an efficient communication system. This is made possible by the integration of the 5G NTN modem into Samsung’s future Exynos chips.
Qualcomm has also unveiled its own satellite communication technology called Snapdragon Satellite, which allows smartphones to send messages when no cellular signal is available. However, Samsung’s VP TM Roh has stated that the company did not include satellite functionality in the Galaxy S23 as the technology is still limited. When the timing is right, and the infrastructure is in place, Samsung will actively consider adopting this feature for its future smartphones.
Samsung is making a significant leap in satellite communication technology, and the integration of the 5G NTN modem into its future Exynos chips will provide a more robust and efficient communication system. The technology will make it possible for people in remote areas to communicate with others in critical situations without relying on cellular networks. As the technology continues to evolve, Samsung is poised to become a major player in satellite communication, providing innovative solutions for its customers.