Globe teaming up with AST SpaceMobile for satellite mobile broadband

29 Apr 2022

Globe Telecom has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with US-based AST SpaceMobile to provide satellite broadband to standard mobile handsets in the Philippines. The telco released a statement noting its tie-up will help build out a ‘space-based’ mobile (cellular) broadband network, adding that under the MoU the pair will look ‘to explore further expansion of services across the Philippines using cutting-edge satellite technology’. The innovative Global Mobile Personal Communications Services (GMPCS) solution is designed to expand service coverage to people living in areas outside its traditional mobile network footprint. AST SpaceMobile’s technology is reportedly being developed to offer voice, video, data and internet access via 2G, 4G/LTE and 5G signals ‘which is expected to provide connectivity during times of crisis and emergencies’, the telco said.

Philippines, AST SpaceMobile, Globe Telecom (incl. Innove)