China's Tiantong Project

Recently, Chinese engineers and scientists have developed the world’s first satellite enabling smartphones to place calls directly through it, bypassing mobile towers, particularly crucial in emergencies where traditional mobile connectivity may be compromised.

Origin and Purpose

  • The concept emerged after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake highlighted communication breakdowns, hampering rescue efforts and leading to significant loss of life.
  • The Chinese government initiated the Tiantong Project, aimed at establishing a satellite communication system to ensure universal access to communication services, regardless of socio-economic status.

Tiantong Project Advancements

  • Over 16 years, the Tiantong Project has witnessed significant technological advancements, coinciding with developments in mobile ....
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