There is no need to build in special support as in the iPhone 14. Depending on the configuration of the satellite, it will provide messaging, voice or broadband services.
When the satellites are in place — and handsets can connect directly to them — it can change the mobile telecommunications landscape.
It will provide near-complete coverage worldwide, including in South Africa, enabling people to use satellites instead of mobile networks for basic mobile communications.
Developing nations in Africa with low mobile network penetration will benefit significantly from satellite networks.
Very interesting times ahead!!! But of course it is telecomms related, and potentially crossing international borders, so we can expect regulation, complications, and we lose the nice stuff...
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A space-based revolution in mobile communications is brewing.