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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #120 on: 04/08/2023 02:56 pm »
I missed this one:

https://pinoytechsaga.blogspot.com/2023/03/globe-lynk-test-leo-satellite.html?m=1

Globe, Lynk test LEO satellite connectivity for SMS, alerts

Globe Telecom has partnered with international firm Lynk Global to test Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite connectivity for Short Messaging Service (SMS) and emergency alerts.

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #121 on: 04/11/2023 11:59 pm »
https://spaceref.com/space-commerce/lynk-and-vodafone-ghana-sign-contract-bringing-satellite-direct-to-standard-phone-technology-to-ghana-providing-100-mobile-coverage/

Lynk and Vodafone Ghana Sign Contract Bringing Satellite-Direct-to-Standard-Phone Technology to Ghana Providing 100% Mobile Coverage


Lynk Global, Inc. (Lynk), the world’s leading satellite-direct-to-standard-phone telecoms company, today announced that it has signed its second commercial contract with Telecel Group in Africa to provide services to Vodafone Ghana’s subscribers. This new contract will provide mobile coverage to 100% of Ghana’s population of 31 million inhabitants using Lynk’s “cell-towers-in-space.”

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #122 on: 04/26/2023 10:52 pm »
https://about.rogers.com/news-ideas/rogers-partners-with-lynk-global-to-bring-satellite-to-phone-coverage-to-canadians/

Rogers Partners With Lynk Global to Bring Satellite-to-Phone Coverage to Canadians

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #123 on: 06/26/2023 12:50 pm »
https://www.satellitetoday.com/telecom/2023/06/23/lynk-starts-initial-satellite-to-cell-service-in-palau-with-local-mno/

Commercial cellphone to satellite service is about to begin. According to Elon, this could be the biggest space market.

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #124 on: 08/08/2023 12:03 am »


Testing of Cellphone to Satellite in New Zealand.

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #125 on: 09/11/2023 06:59 am »
https://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/lynk-launches-sat-phone-service-palau

Lynk Global has signed over 34 commercial contracts covering more than 50 countries, but it just so happens that PNCC in Palau is the first to launch a service using Lynk’s satellite-to-phone technology.

“They’re a great first customer,” said Lynk CEO Charles Miller.

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #126 on: 09/11/2023 07:01 am »
https://connectivitybusiness.com/news/lynk-vodafone-cook-islands-link-for-sat2phone-service/

Satellite-to-phone telecom provider Lynk Global will partner with Vodafone Cook Islands to begin satellite direct-to-mobile phone service to subscribers in the Cook Islands to connect vacationers and emergency responders in the remote South Pacific islands.

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #127 on: 11/07/2023 03:05 pm »
https://lynk.world/news/lynk-and-bmobile-solomon-islands-limited-begin-sat2phone-service-for-bmobile-subscribers/

Lynk and bmobile Solomon Islands Limited Begin Sat2Phone Service for bmobile Subscribers

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #128 on: 12/15/2023 03:52 am »
https://globalnews.ca/news/10169670/rogers-satellite-mobile-phone-call/amp/


Rogers hails successful satellite-to-mobile phone call, plans for Canada-wide rollout



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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #129 on: 12/15/2023 04:08 am »
https://globalnews.ca/news/10169670/rogers-satellite-mobile-phone-call/amp/


Rogers hails successful satellite-to-mobile phone call, plans for Canada-wide rollout

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Rogers says it plans to launch satellite-to-mobile phone service in 2024, beginning with SMS texting and mass notifications and expanding to voice and data.

Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #130 on: 12/18/2023 04:42 am »
Another day, another SPAC.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-12-18/a-rod-s-slam-spac-is-said-to-plan-merger-with-lynk-global[Dec 17]

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A blank-check company set up by former New York Yankees all-star Alex Rodriguez is planning to merge with satellite communications provider Lynk Global Inc., according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Slam Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, signed a letter of intent to merge with Lynk, with the combined company expected to list on the Nasdaq stock exchange, according to the people, asking not to be identified as the deal hasn’t been made public. The company is expected to be valued at no less than $800 million upon the closing of the transaction, according to people.

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #132 on: 12/29/2023 04:04 pm »
https://spacenews.com/slam-corp-loses-176-million-ahead-of-proposed-lynk-global-merger/[Dec 28]

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TAMPA, Fla. — Former professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez’s shell company got more time from investors to merge with Lynk Global, but has to give $176 million back to those opting to redeem shares rather than a potential stake in the direct-to-smartphone satellite operator.

Slam Corp, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) that raised $575 million by listing shares on Nasdaq in February 2021 to search for an investment opportunity, now has less than $99 million in its trust account following a separate batch of shareholder redemptions earlier this year.

The high redemption rate is a blow for Lynk’s hopes to use the funds to grow its constellation — currently enabling intermittent texting and other low-bandwidth services to unmodified phones outside cellular networks in three countries — although extra financing could come from other sources as merger talks continue.

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Lynk has not disclosed how much funding it hopes to raise from merging with Slam, although the companies have said they are working on a deal that would value the combined group at $800 million.

The operator currently has three one-meter-squared satellites in low Earth orbit, and plans to deploy two more early next year via SpaceX’s next Falcon 9 rideshare mission.

Ultimately, Lynk envisages a constellation of 5,000 satellites to provide continuous connectivity services worldwide through partnerships with terrestrial cellular operators.

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #133 on: 01/15/2024 07:46 pm »
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/2degrees-starts-cell-tower-in-space-trial-in-nelson-what-customers-can-expect/BQICDWPK4JHJVMIHG7JPABZKZU/

2degrees has begun trials of a satellite-to-mobile service for a small number of customers in Nelson this week.

The so-called “cell tower in space” trial uses satellites from US start-up Lynk.

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #134 on: 01/20/2024 10:44 am »
This smartphone to satellite industry is relatively new. One difficulty is that space engineers and smartphone experts work in 2 different fields. I have talked with mobile telephone operators, and they know very little about satellites in LEO. Likewise, space engineers rarely know much about smartphones, except how to use them.

I wouldn't be surprised if some mobile telecom company announced they were planning a satellite constellation. That would likely be a disaster.

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #135 on: 01/21/2024 09:56 pm »
With what appears to be a $155 million funding round for Spacemobile led by Google (and thus the Google Fi MVNO), I wonder if this will bring potential suitors like Apple (and their Apple SIM MVNO) to Lynk? Filling out the constellation to voice call levels and beyond is gonna need big pockets...

Apple has the free cash to do this, unlike Samsung.

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #136 on: 01/21/2024 11:08 pm »
Apple has a agreement with Globalstar for this...and MDA, Rocket Lab, are building the satellites...
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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #137 on: 01/22/2024 06:01 am »
Apple has a agreement with Globalstar for this...and MDA, Rocket Lab, are building the satellites...

Globalstar is not what people would think of a global voice/data throughput level of constellation though.

After the failed Qualcomm/Iridium thing for android phone basebands with support for native Iridium, Iridium is effectively throwing in the towel and switching to D2C using unmodified cellphone radios more or less. At this point the market forces are pushing for D2C. Apple is going to have to chose to back one of the big three D2C entrants at some point.

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #138 on: 01/22/2024 02:41 pm »
It's possible that the satellite smartphone industry could evolve into 3 or 4 really big players who gobble up the current entrants. It's hard to see AST and Lynk remaining as standalone entrants 5 years from now, but rather we may see a Google satellite smartphone entrant, maybe other similar giants in the field.

But, I don't claim to have any special insight into the top level machinations, so everything is  a surprise to me.

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Re: Lynk Global (formerly Ubiquitilink)
« Reply #139 on: 01/22/2024 09:39 pm »
It's possible that the satellite smartphone industry could evolve into 3 or 4 really big players who gobble up the current entrants. It's hard to see AST and Lynk remaining as standalone entrants 5 years from now, but rather we may see a Google satellite smartphone entrant, maybe other similar giants in the field.

But, I don't claim to have any special insight into the top level machinations, so everything is  a surprise to me.

As smartphone global verticals go, you have Apple, Google, and Samsung more or less. Apple has a bad habit of extracting serious concessions from their suppliers and demanding high levels of exclusivity, which means they would target easier to bully partners who are startups, thus Spacemobile or Lynk and not Starlink. Google and Samsung are in a funny situation where they are frenemies who somewhat need each other despite extensive efforts to have independent brands. Wherever Google goes, Samsung at least has to consider following.

A dark horse entrant would be Hauwei/Xiaomi coupling up with the nascent Guowang IF Guowang gains D2C capabilities the same as Starlink. Guowang hasn't really started yet so they could design in the D2C capability, but there doesn't seem to be any ITU movement yet so the first tranche of sats probably won't have it. There may be a bit of a "wait and see" attitude to confirm if D2C will turn into a boondoggle or not (or more specifically the D2C market is too small to sustain multiple competitors). Starlink is increasingly unlikely to fail (with or without D2C), and Guowang is a national project in all but name, but whether Lynk or Spacemobile can exist as a pure D2C play is hard to predict. Being part of a vertical smartphone play means they could potentially operate as a loss leader infrastructure necessary to create a new business ecosystem.

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