Thursday, November 03, 2022

Direct-to-phone business triggers new space race

Several initiatives connecting common smartphones and satellites are close to commercial launch. Apple is expected to do so this month and Lynk is expected to present its alternative before the end of the year. Space X's Starlink and Amazon's Kuiper also have projects in the works. Moreover, the major operators have already signed up for this activity.

As the date for Apple to launch the direct-to-phone service (connection to a satellite from a conventional smartphone) for its iPhone 14 approaches, scheduled for this November, although still without a specific day, other operators are accelerating the pace to close the gap with the Apple brand.

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