Last updated: November 27th, 2023 at 15:12 UTC+01:00
Most people commonly know of Huawei as a consumer electronics manufacturer, and one that’s been having struggles recently, due to its inability to source advanced chipsets due to US sanctions.
However, Huawei is actually a bonafide telecommunications giant, and it’s apparently working on something quite interesting. The company recently shared some results which show that it’s working on a satellite internet service, quite similar to what SpaceX’s Starlink.
Huawei could beam down high speed internet on its phones
Huawei has tested out a low Earth orbit satellite internet service that’s similar to Starlink. The company shared the details of this test on Weibo. One of the presentation slides revealed that download speeds of up to 660 Mbps were achieved during this test.
Wang Jun, who’s the chief scientist at Huawei’s 6G wireless lab, shared these results at the Aerospace Information Industry International Ecosystem Event in Chongqing, China. It doesn’t come as a surprise that the company has been working on developing this service. The fact that it included the ability to connect with geostationary satellites in its latest flagship phone, the Huawei Mate 60 Pro, goes to show that Huawei plans on achieving synergy in this space.
Huawei hasn’t revealed which satellites were used to test out this internet service. China has recently been launching its own low Earth orbit satellites. A commercial service similar to Starlink might take some time to arrive, but it’s clear now that this is something that Huawei is seriously interested in.
The company has a major advantage that other players in this industry like SpaceX do not. It sells phones, and lots of them, even if they’re effectively banned from the west Huawei could beam down high speed satellite internet even in remote areas.