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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #60 on: 09/07/2020 01:05 am »
Recent podcast by founder of Lynk Global.
https://www.thespaceshow.com/show/14-aug-2020/broadcast-3557-charles-miller

Currently have few satellites in operation.

Currently have one test satellite in operation

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #61 on: 12/06/2020 08:32 am »
Web site is updated:

https://lynk.world/

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #62 on: 05/26/2021 04:58 am »
Lynk files FCC license application for initial direct-to-cellphone satellite system

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Lynk announced May 25 that it filed the FCC application using the commission’s streamlined licensing process for smallsats established in 2019. The company hopes that approach will allow it to begin commercial services with a first group of satellites within a year.

That streamlined approach does set limits on the size, orbital altitude, and lifetime of the satellites. It also covers constellations of no more than 10 satellites.

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Lynk ultimately envisions operating as many as 5,000 satellites in low Earth orbit, communicating with mobile phones without the need for special antennas or other equipment. The company has tested the technology enabling this on several hosted payloads and smallsats, operating under experimental licenses. Earlier this year company officials said they wanted to begin commercial operations in 2022 using a small fraction of that full constellation.

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #63 on: 07/15/2021 02:15 am »
https://lynk.world/lynk-begins-operation-of-next-generation-fifth-cell-tower-in-space-satellite

Lynk Global, the world's only independently verified cell-tower-in-space network connectivity provider, today announced that its 5th satellite (Shannon) successfully deployed into low Earth orbit and is alive and beginning operations.  This next-generation satellite advances Lynk’s main objective to provide global commercial service next year — connecting to standard mobile phones — with a constellation of “cell towers in space.”

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #64 on: 09/29/2021 12:48 pm »
Lynk has achieved a major technological breakthrough by making possible, for the first time, direct two-way satellite-to-mobile-phone connectivity. The announcement stems from the company connecting hundreds of ordinary phones to its cell-tower-in-space across three countries.  “Lynk has now done the impossible” says Charles Miller, Lynk’s CEO and cofounder.

Learn more about Lynk’s achievement here: https://lynk.world/lynk-proves-direct-two-way-satellite-to-mobile-phone-connectivity
« Last Edit: 09/29/2021 12:54 pm by Danderman »

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #65 on: 09/30/2021 03:06 am »
As far as I understand the major differentiator, Lynk will be operating true flying base stations, while SpaceMobile are effectively running only relays (not clear if dumb bent pipe or not) and co-opting frequency allocations from their terrestrial partners for use when overflying those territories.


Initial start is 10 sats under their restricted periodic access constellation application, but aiming for a full global realtime constellation (I see different announcements of 1500 and 5000 sats for this though).


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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #66 on: 09/30/2021 03:58 am »
Big differentiator is that AST is going for much higher bandwidth on the connections, while Lynk is basically just text messages.  The AST sats are huge compared to the Lynk sats.

Lynk also will need to partner for frequencies, they don't have the licenses for those frequencies.

Lynk's first generation sats they're launching now don't have propulsion either.

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #67 on: 10/01/2021 01:33 am »
https://lynk.world/lynk-signs-contracts-with-first-two-mobile-operators

Lynk Global, Inc. (Lynk) the world's only independently verified cell-tower-in-space connectivity provider, today announced that it has signed its first commercial agreements with Aliv in the Bahamas, and Telecel Centrafrique in the Central African Republic. Lynk’s satellites will enable Aliv and Telecel subscribers to stay connected everywhere on the planet using a standard unmodified mobile phone. As Flagship partners, Aliv and Telecel have acquired first-to-market rights to implement Lynk’s service in their respective countries. Lynk’s global commercial service is scheduled to be launched next year, and more agreements are expected in the coming months.

“Lynk is proud to announce the first two mobile network operators as a part of our Flagship partnership program. This speaks to the visionary leadership of Aliv and Telecel Centrafrique, which recognize the powerful benefits of providing universal mobile broadband to their customers. We are honored to be selected by Aliv and Telecel as their satellite partners,” says Charles Miller, Lynk co-founder, and CEO.

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #68 on: 10/23/2021 11:24 am »
A Q&A with Lynk CEO Charles Miller

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Last month, Lynk claimed a first: two-way satellite-to-smartphone connectivity. The breakthrough was not the connection, but that Lynk satellites communicated with ordinary, unmodified phones. Phones were talking to satellites without any special satellite receiver.

Lynk is raising a new round of funding, negotiating contracts with mobile carriers, and preparing for Gen-1 satellite production, CEO Charles Miller tells Payload. You can find the full interview below.

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #69 on: 11/03/2021 03:59 pm »
https://lynk.world/lynk-signs-contract-with-mongolias-largest-mobile-network-operator

Lynk Signs Contract with Mongolia’s Largest Mobile Network Operator
Commercial agreement reached with Unitel for service start in 2022

Falls Church, VA — Nov. 3, 2021 — Lynk Global Inc. (Lynk), the world's leading cell-tower-in-space connectivity provider, today announced it has signed a commercial partnership agreement with Unitel, Mongolia’s largest mobile operator, enabling its subscribers to remain connected everywhere on the planet with ordinary cell phones. Unitel represents Lynk’s third partnership agreement reached within the past month with a mobile network operator (MNO) as part of the American tech firm’s Flagship Carrier Program. As a carrier program partner, Unitel will now have first-to-market rights to implement Lynk’s service in Mongolia. Lynk’s global commercial service providing direct satellite to cell phone service is on schedule to be deployed next year.

“We know that Unitel is looking at many options to supplement network coverage for its subscribers. We are honored that they chose Lynk to be their partner to help meet its critical connectivity needs in Mongolia’s vast landscape. This represents traction for Lynk, as we are adding another region of the world to our Flagship Carrier Program,” states Charles Miller, Lynk CEO. “Recently we announced that Lynk’s 5th satellite has connected, and registered, hundreds of standard mobile phones per minute in initial tests in the US, the UK and the Bahamas, proving that Lynk has solved the last major technology barrier to connecting everybody, everywhere with a standard mobile phone.”

“The landscape of Mongolia presents a significant challenge to the country’s telecommunications’ sector as we have a sparse population that’s spread throughout Gobi deserts, temperate forests, vast steppes and extensive mountain ranges. Under these circumstances, Unitel Group has been successfully providing many modern B2C and B2B tech services and solutions including mobile plans, high-speed internet, IPTV, OTT and cloud services to Mongolians for the past 15 years. Thus, we are excited to enter into a partnership with Lynk to make our services more inclusive and extensive for thousands of people,” noted Mr.Enkhbat Dorjpalam, CEO of Unitel Group.

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #70 on: 11/24/2021 02:30 am »
Charles Miller was on the Space Show recently talking about Lynk (and general space policy issues): https://thespaceshow.com/show/21-nov-2021/broadcast-3791-charles-miller

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #71 on: 12/24/2021 04:36 am »
Looks like Lynk.Global's sat got bumped due to bad Sherpa

https://spacenews.com/propellant-leak-forces-sherpa-tug-off-spacex-rideshare-mission/

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Lynk Global had its first commercial satellite, Lynk Tower 1, on the Sherpa as the company begins to roll out its satellite telephony services.

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #73 on: 02/10/2022 12:01 pm »
Lynk satellites connect with thousands of devices

Quote from: SpaceNews
Lynk Global satellites have connected with thousands of unmodified smartphones, tablets, internet-of-things devices and vehicles, the Fall Church, Virginia, startup announced Feb. 8.

The mobile devices required “zero modifications,” Lynk CEO Charles Miller told SpaceNews. “In fact, these devices did not know they were even participating in our test.”

Lynk was testing the ability of its fifth satellite to connect with the company’s own smartphones, when thousands of other devices that lacked terrestrial network service detected the Lynk signal and “automatically requested a connection,” Miller said by email. “Our satellite then connected them.”

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #74 on: 02/10/2022 01:52 pm »
Lynk is a huge deal. Honestly, the idea is just as big or maybe even bigger than Starlink’s idea. (Execution is maybe another story.)

It’s a trillion dollar market. And by working with unmodified cellphones, there’s no terminal supply chain issues to slow development and limit revenue. It’s purely just satellite capacity and regulatory permission.
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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #75 on: 02/15/2022 10:13 am »
Lynk is a huge deal. Honestly, the idea is just as big or maybe even bigger than Starlink’s idea. (Execution is maybe another story.)

It’s a trillion dollar market. And by working with unmodified cellphones, there’s no terminal supply chain issues to slow development and limit revenue. It’s purely just satellite capacity and regulatory permission.

Disclosure: I am one of the founders of Lynk, so I may be biased.

IF Lynk can execute its business plan, it has a good chance of being a very successful space company.

The basic premise is to connect people with cell phones who happen to be in areas of poor cellular coverage.  Lynk operates in partnership with existing telcos to utilize their spectrum.

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #76 on: 02/15/2022 08:37 pm »
Lynk is a huge deal. Honestly, the idea is just as big or maybe even bigger than Starlink’s idea. (Execution is maybe another story.)

It’s a trillion dollar market. And by working with unmodified cellphones, there’s no terminal supply chain issues to slow development and limit revenue. It’s purely just satellite capacity and regulatory permission.

I'm somewhat in agreement, but will emphasize that these connections are very low bandwidth.  Lynk themselves specify that they'd have serious trouble handling even voice calls with their early setup - no problem, they want to start small and work their way up.  The problem is that scaling up to higher bandwidth is fundamentally limited by mobile antenna size.  To achieve a good enough SNR for high-bandwidth operations requires either more power or higher gain, which in turn means larger or more numerous satellites, until eventually you're at AST/SpaceMobile levels, which are (IMO) unsustainable.

Low-bandwidth communications are still great.  You can still serve a lot of customers, and make a lot of money, by operating such a network.  That's exactly what IoT satellite operators have been doing for decades - the difference is that Lynk is building an IoT constellation that uses existing terminals and protocols (even if it takes significant work to fit into specifications that weren't designed for them).  That's a large market, but I would characterize it as closer to existing IoT operators than new high-bandwidth operators - and indeed, "We’re not competing with Elon."

So while I'm confident Lynk has a path to success, and an important role to play in global communications, I wouldn't exactly say that they've opened up a brand-new "trillion dollar market", though I can see why there's reason for optimism.
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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #77 on: 02/23/2022 12:33 pm »
Lynk Signs Contracts to Bring Satellite-Direct-to-Phone
Connectivity to Seven Pacific and Caribbean Island Nations
 
Today, I am thrilled to share that Lynk has signed commercial contracts providing coverage to seven Pacific and Caribbean Island nations, including with Telikom Limited in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and bmobile in the Solomon Islands.
 
A month after hiring Dan Dooley, former President of Sprint Wholesale, Lynk signed our first commercial contract in August of 2021.  Lynk has now signed eight commercial contracts with a total book value exceeding $130 million.


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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #78 on: 02/23/2022 02:56 pm »
Lynk is a huge deal. Honestly, the idea is just as big or maybe even bigger than Starlink’s idea. (Execution is maybe another story.)

It’s a trillion dollar market. And by working with unmodified cellphones, there’s no terminal supply chain issues to slow development and limit revenue. It’s purely just satellite capacity and regulatory permission.

I'm somewhat in agreement, but will emphasize that these connections are very low bandwidth.  Lynk themselves specify that they'd have serious trouble handling even voice calls with their early setup - no problem, they want to start small and work their way up.  The problem is that scaling up to higher bandwidth is fundamentally limited by mobile antenna size.  To achieve a good enough SNR for high-bandwidth operations requires either more power or higher gain, which in turn means larger or more numerous satellites, until eventually you're at AST/SpaceMobile levels, which are (IMO) unsustainable.

Low-bandwidth communications are still great.  You can still serve a lot of customers, and make a lot of money, by operating such a network.  That's exactly what IoT satellite operators have been doing for decades - the difference is that Lynk is building an IoT constellation that uses existing terminals and protocols (even if it takes significant work to fit into specifications that weren't designed for them).  That's a large market, but I would characterize it as closer to existing IoT operators than new high-bandwidth operators - and indeed, "We’re not competing with Elon."

So while I'm confident Lynk has a path to success, and an important role to play in global communications, I wouldn't exactly say that they've opened up a brand-new "trillion dollar market", though I can see why there's reason for optimism.
If they can leverage Starship-like launch costs and Starlink-like satellite costs (for larger satellites), then I do think it can be more than just IoT. Their current satellites are small and sparse. But change the game by a couple orders of magnitude, and the situation looks pretty different.
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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #79 on: 03/03/2022 07:17 am »
Bump. What is the CURRENT capability of Lynk Global? Can it be used to get text messages from out of places like Ukraine (or Russia)?
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