Mobile operators and device makers like Apple are forming partnerships with satellite providers to enable satellite-to-cellular connectivity in cellular dead zones. Some of these services, like Apple’s emergency SOS test service, are being positioned as last resort connectivity. Others, like Lynk Global, are touting satellites as a way to connect rural dead zones. However, there are obstacles. Some providers want to use their spectrum licenses for satellite transmissions, which has not yet been approved by the FCC. In some cases, more testing and technology development is needed to ensure that cellular phones can connect to satellites. This panel will delve into the technical and regulatory obstacles that must be cleared before this type of connectivity can become a reality.
8:15 am - 9:00 am
Location: Meeting Room R07