Lynk Signs First 2 Mobile Operators for Cell-Tower-in-Space Service
Friday, September 24, 2021 | Comments

Lynk Global, a verified cell-tower-in-space connectivity provider, 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,” said Lynk Co-Founder and CEO Charles Miller. “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.”

Lynk has already applied for its FCC operator’s license and is well-positioned to begin worldwide commercial cellular service from low Earth orbit next year. Lynk will ramp up production of its American-made satellites in 2022, eventually scaling to 200 satellites per month.

“Aliv is excited to be one of Lynk’s first Flagship operators,” said Aliv Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Stephen Curran. “Providing coverage, particularly in the Caribbean given our sometimes extreme weather events, we need to ensure we have emergency communications back-up, when the network experiences issues, and our sites are down. Lynk will provide that critical communication service on land and for our maritime users, with the phones they have in their pockets today. We are very excited with the testing we have been executing in the last period and look forward to rolling this out next year to our users.”

One benefit of the service will be instantaneous backup emergency communications everywhere on Earth. Currently, cellular systems are rendered inoperable when they are needed the most such as natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires as well as the aftermath of security- related incidents.

“We at Telecel Centrafique, are the country’s leading provider of innovative consumer and enterprise mobile solutions and see Lynk as the next step in ensuring that our customers have the best possible non-stop experience,” said Telecel Centrafigue CEO Malek Atrissi. “We believe strongly in providing innovative and state-of-the-art solutions which support connecting those who remain unconnected in our nation; Lynk’s service is instrumental to solving that problem.”

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