The lack of ubiquitous network coverage from terrestrial cellular networks can be disruptive not only to industry and enterprise, but even the safety of individuals when they most need connectivity. 5G coverage from space has the potential to make connectivity to the Internet truly ubiquitous for a broad range of use cases.
Qualcomm’s long history of innovation in satellite communications
After the commercial success of the OmniTRACS two-way satellite mobile communications system launched in 1988 for trucking and logistical companies, Qualcomm and Loral Corporation launched the Globalstar project as a joint venture in 1991. The Globalstar system used CDMA technology and 48 low earth orbit (LEO) satellites to provide continuous coverage anywhere in the world to a comprehensive array of devices.