Huawei: Smartphone technologies continue to advance, introducing new products that simplify our lives. The satellite connection function is a clear illustration of this. Since its initial introduction with the iPhone 14, this technology has been integrated into devices by Samsung and Oppo, among others. Huawei is another manufacturer that intends to distinguish itself with the satellite connection feature. Furthermore, assertions surfaced indicating that the organization not only sought to capitalize on this technology but also intended to obstruct others from doing so. China Telecom has, nevertheless, refuted this assertion. The following are the particulars.
China Telecom Introduces Mobile Direct Satellite Service, Enabling Customers to Supplement Their Current Cellular Plans with Satellite Communications
China Telecom has affirmed that exclusive rights to satellite communications technology do not belong to Huawei. Additionally, the organization intends to collaborate with additional phone manufacturers in order to advance the implementation of this technology. Huawei introduced the Mate 60 Pro, the first smartphone to support satellite communications, in September 2023. Users are able to transmit and receive text messages and phone calls even in areas without cellular coverage.
Certain industry insiders had postulated that Huawei possessed exclusive rights to satellite communications technology, thereby obviating the need for other phone manufacturers to introduce comparable functionalities in a timely manner. A China Telecom representative, however, confirmed to Sina Technology that Huawei does not possess exclusive rights to the technology. Implementing satellite communications in a smartphone, according to the spokesperson, necessitates substantial financial investment and technical expertise in areas including processors, protocols, and terminals.
The spokesperson stated, “At this time, only the Huawei Mate 60 Pro supports satellite communications.” “We intend to collaborate with additional phone manufacturers in order to make this technology accessible to all.” Huawei Mate 60 Pro is a premium smartphone that comes at a comparatively elevated price. The objective of China Telecom is to enable individuals to utilize satellite communications on a more economically viable mobile device.
Furthermore, China Telecom has introduced its own satellite communications service, known as “Mobile Direct Satellite,” in conjunction with its partnerships with phone manufacturers. Users may incorporate satellite communications into their existing cellular plans by utilizing this service. All China Telecom customers have access to the service, which does not necessitate a new SIM card or phone number change.
Tianyi Bodun S9, China Telecom’s own satellite communications phone, will be unveiled soon.
China Telecom asserts that its exclusive administration of the Tiantong-1 satellite constellation is utilized to support its mobile direct satellite service. The service is available in all territorial waters and landmass of China. Additionally, China Telecom intends to introduce the Tianyi Bodun S9, its own satellite communications phone. The phone is scheduled for release on November 10. It can be utilized to transmit and receive text messages and make and receive phone calls due to its integrated satellite antenna.