Connection

Now companies can be called via Viber

Rakuten has announced the launch of a new Viber feature called business calls, which is now available for Ukrainian companies. This feature is positioned as a new tool for communication between businesses and their customers in the app. “Brands are getting a new convenient channel for contacting customers. Users will ... Read more

Direct to Cell: SpaceX and T-Mobile test service using Starlink satellites

SpaceX has begun testing the Direct to Cell service, which will make Starlink satellite communications available on ordinary smartphones, writes Engadget. The company sent and received the first text messages using the Starlink satellites it recently launched into orbit. As part of the experiment, SpaceX collaborated with T-Mobile. “On Monday, ... Read more

SpaceX launches Starlink satellites that will provide Direct to Cell service

A Falcon 9 rocket launched 21 Starlink satellites into orbit. Six of them are capable of providing the Direct to Cell service. This is stated in SpaceX’s announcement on the X platform. According to Elon Musk, the service will allow provide communication anywhere on Earth. But he also noted that ... Read more

Amazon has successfully tested optical inter-satellite communication technology

Amazon has successfully tested optical inter-satellite link (OISL) as part of the Kuiper project. This technology involves the use of lasers to transmit data between spacecraft in orbit, writes TechCrunch. To do this, the company used KuiperSat-1 and KuiperSat-2 test satellites, which were launched into space aboard a United Launch ... Read more

SpaceX receives US permission to test Direct to Cell service for six months

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted Elon Musk’s SpaceX company permission to test the Direct to Cell service, reports Bloomberg. Thus, the commission approved the company’s request for six months of testing, which will involve about 2,000 test devices and 840 satellites. As you know, in the fall, ... Read more

NASA tests laser communication in space, signal received from a distance of 16 million kilometers

NASA specialists are approaching the use of laser communication in deep space. Now they have managed to successfully conduct a corresponding experiment, reports The Verge. Space agency experts conducted the test using the Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) system. As part of the test, they transmitted encoded data to Earth ... Read more

Satellite communication for Android: Qualcomm and Iridium terminate partnership

Qualcomm and Iridium terminate their partnership, which was supposed to provide Android phones with satellite communications, reports PCMag. The deal was announced in early 2023. At that time, Qualcomm introduced Snapdragon Satellite technology to enable premium smartphones to connect to Iridium satellites for messaging. However, Iridium now says that Qualcomm ... Read more

It became known how many people on the planet have smartphones and access to the mobile Internet

About 4.3 billion people, or 55% of the world’s population, own smartphones. This is evidenced by the data of the GSM Association (GSMA), which it published in the Mobile Internet Connectivity report, writes GSMArena. According to the organization, there are currently 4.6 billion mobile Internet users, of which 4 billion ... Read more

Ukraine is in the top 20 countries with the cheapest mobile Internet

Ukraine was ranked 16th among the countries with the most affordable mobile Internet per 1 GB. This is evidenced by the data of Cable.co.uk, which analyzed 5603 mobile Internet tariff plans in 237 countries, writes AIN.UA. According to the calculations, the average price for 1 GB of mobile data in ... Read more

Apple’s 5G modems are three years behind Qualcomm’s chips – WSJ

For years, insiders have been talking about Apple’s plans to abandon third-party communication modules in favor of its own. However, the task turned out to be more complicated than the company thought. That’s why the iPhone 15 line is still connected to Qualcomm, and the contract between the companies was ... Read more

Because of Elon Musk’s sympathies, SpaceX blocked Starlink for the Ukrainian military

Elon Musk’s SpaceX deliberately blocked the operation of the Starlink satellite Internet, which manifested itself on the battlefield in Ukraine in 2012, writes The New Yorker. The billionaire joined the effort to help Ukraine shortly after Russia’s invasion last February. At that time, along with conventional offensive actions, the Kremlin ... Read more

Ukraine began to receive Swedish satellite Internet terminals Satcube

Satellite Internet terminals of the Swedish company Satcube have been delivered to Ukraine. They can be used in the occupied territories where mobile and terrestrial networks do not work. This was stated by Satcube founder and CEO Jacob Kallmer, writes European Pravda» referring to Dagens Nyheter. At the same time, ... Read more

MKBHD tested Google’s Project Starline, an exceptional real-time 3D communication

Many different technologies are currently working to improve the way we communicate, but most of them are limited to quality updates (better cameras and microphones, AI to help process images and sound, etc.) rather than format. Virtual reality also partially tries to contribute to communication, but the features of virtual ... Read more

The EU proposes to expand mobile roaming to Ukraine

With the beginning of the full-scale war unleashed by Russia in Ukraine, many Ukrainians were forced to leave, including to European countries. At that time, free roaming for Ukrainians was introduced in most EU countries, which was recently extended for another six months. Now the European Commission has proposed to ... Read more

iPhone 14 Pro Max lost the place of the smartphone with the fastest connection, losing to two competitors at once

Among other things, flagship smartphones can not only show high scores in performance tests, maintain high FPS in games, etc., but also have the fastest communication capabilities. And among them there are also leaders and outsiders. With the release of the iPhone 14 Pro Max last fall, it was this ... Read more

Apple plans to get rid of Qualcomm and Broadcom chips in iPhones in favor of its own designs by 2025

Apple uses communication chips from Broadcom and Qualcomm in its devices, and is one of the largest customers of these companies – 20% and 22%, respectively. But they plan to abandon third-party chips, replacing them with ones of their own production, as, for example, happened with Intel when the company ... Read more

5G is expanding: by the end of the year, the number of users of the new communication standard will reach 1 billion

More recently, the situation with 5G standard networks was such that it was possible to see the new indicator only in some areas of large cities, for example, in the USA. But operators are constantly increasing coverage areas, and users are changing their gadgets and tariff plans. According to the ... Read more

Tesla Powerwall 2 helps Donetsk Region stay connected

Probably, this is not exactly the scenario of use that Elon Musk’s companies expected when they developed Powerwall and Starlink, but currently, it is thanks to them that part of the infrastructure of Ukraine is supported. The occupiers have damaged a significant part of important objects, due to which, in ... Read more

“Even they were surprised that we were able to use Starlink like that.” Ukrzaliznytsia tested satellite internet in trains

Satellite Internet from Starlink has been used to restore communication almost since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Elon Musk responded very quickly to the request, after which the country received coverage and the delivery of “plates” began. The State Special Service said that Ukrzaliznytsia managed to test ... Read more