UbiquitiLink Raises $5M for Cell-Tower-in-Space Technology
Monday, August 05, 2019 | Comments

UbiquitiLink raised $5.2 million in seed 2 round financing from Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund and Blazar Ventures. This brings the company’s total funding to date to $12 million and will accelerate development of the company’s commercial service with a series of five space test flights of its technology.

“Our ability to connect satellites directly to mobile phones anywhere on Earth solves a fundamental economic problem that limits coverage in remote areas,” said Charles Miller, co-founder and CEO of UbiquitiLink, “It is economically unaffordable to build cell towers on the ground in communities with low population densities. We are building this solution for the 88 million Americans who live in rural areas and lose coverage at the edge of town. We are also building this solution for the 2.5 billion people in the world who don’t have a mobile phone, many because they are not connected where they live and work.”

UbiquitiLink’s technology uses a network of low-earth-orbit nanosatellites. The service also provides a safety net for people working in remote locations — in the future anybody will be able to use 9-1-1 from anywhere. The service also creates a highly reliable means for alerting people to impending natural disasters and instant backup and recovery from disasters that destroy communications networks.

Earlier this year, UbiquitiLink successfully launched and tested the world’s first “cell tower in space,” which demonstrated a link margin that was within 1 dB of theoretical predictions. Later this month, the world’s second “cell tower in space” will be launched to orbit to test both Long Term Evolution (LTE) and GSM connectivity. Space testing will begin in August, which will be followed by the launch of operational satellites and initial commercial services in 2020.

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