“FCC Explores Space for a Future with Zero Dropped Calls”

Wireless Companies May Soon Use Satellites to Eliminate Dropped Calls

Despite the strength of modern mobile networks, dropped calls and lost signals are still an issue for many users. Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Samsung have collaborated to address this problem by introducing satellites. The FCC has proposed a new regulatory framework, which permits wireless companies to employ satellites to offer cell services in areas where traditional networks fail.

According to the proposal, satellite providers may work with terrestrial service providers to acquire FCC authorization to operate space stations on certain licensed spectrum allocated to terrestrial services. Although traditional networks would be the primary point of service, if the user moves into an area with no signal, the connection may shift to the satellite network.

The FCC will establish guidelines for how and when this transition takes effect to avoid chaos. The cellular carrier must also lease the satellite service for a specific area. The Chihuahuan desert and the Unita mountains in Utah were suggested as possible remote locations.

Several firms, including SpaceX and AST Spacemobile, have declared plans to offer satellite phone coverage. How the satellite coverage integrates with emergency services like 911 and other alert systems that pertain to FCC compliance is also a concern the commission is seeking input on.

Although the ultimate objective is still far from being achieved, today’s announcement includes a vote to accept the proposed rule. All of the commissioners in attendance endorsed the notice of proposed rule-making and issued statements of support after the vote. Consequently, we’re one step closer to a future with no more dropped calls.