AST SpaceMobile has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Philippines-based mobile network operator Globe Telecom.
AST SpaceMobile has developed a cellular broadband network designed to be accessible by standard mobile phones.
Commenting on the deal, Chris Ivory, Chief Commercial Officer of AST SpaceMobile, said: “The Philippines’ thousands of islands create formidable challenges to meet the growing demand for cellular broadband connectivity. We believe our planned space-based network solution is well-suited to help, and we’re excited to work with Globe.”
Once launched, AST SpaceMobile will aim to provide Globe with expanded coverage and reach to remote and underserved areas.
Gerhard Tan, Globe’s Network Strategy and Technology Enablement Director, added: “Globe has always been a pioneer in bringing first-to-market digital solutions to empower Filipinos. This collaboration is another step in Globe’s continuing initiatives to provide digital connectivity to remote rural communities as part of its commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It is our mission to enable inclusive economic growth and provide quality education and e-health even in remote and still unconnected rural communities.”
AST SpaceMobile has entered into agreements and understandings with mobile network operators which collectively service over 1.8bn cellular customers.