The Bullitt Group and MediaTek teamed up to bring together the world’s first commercially available smartphone capable of two-way satellite communication, which was achieved in 18 months, so the first 5G CAT device, which can directly communicate with other devices on the mobile network via a satellite connection in the form of a short text message.
Bullitt’s devices will be the first to use MediaTek’s 3GPP NTN (not developed for terrestrial network) chip, which is secured with proprietary software and servicesOTT (over-the-top) satellite messaging service. The intelligent software switches to a satellite connection if the mobile network or Wi-Fi service is not available.
The service integrates the user’s existing contact list, so it provides a seamless experience even when communicating with a phone operating on a mobile network via a satellite connection. It will take about 10 seconds to connect to the satellite for the first time and send a message, and the SOS messaging service will be available to users free of charge for the first year. Devices without dedicated hardware can access the monthly fee option through Bullitt’s own application.