BW3 is the largest commercial communications array ever deployed in low earth orbit and is designed to communicate directly with cellular devices over standard 3GPP frequencies at 5G speeds. Now that it has opened, the satellite is 693 square feet in size, a key design feature to support a space-based cellular broadband network. The satellite is expected to have a field of view of over 300,000 square miles on the surface of the Earth.
The development of BW3 was made possible by years of research and development, testing and operational preparation. AST SpaceMobile has a portfolio of over 2,400 patents and patent pending patent applications in support of its space-based cellular broadband technology. Further details on the BlueWalker 3 mission can be seen in this video.
“Every person should have the right to access cellular broadband, regardless of where they live or work. Our goal is to fill the connectivity gaps that negatively impact billions of lives around the world, “said Abel Avellan, president and CEO of AST SpaceMobile.” The success of BlueWalker 3 is a major step forward for the company. our patented space-based cellular broadband technology and paves the way for the ongoing production of our BlueBird satellites. ”
AST SpaceMobile has agreements and arrangements with mobile network operators (“MNOs”) globally that have over 1.8 billion existing subscribers, including mutual exclusivity with Vodafone in 24 countries. The interconnection with the network planned by AST SpaceMobile will allow MNOs, including Vodafone Group, Rakuten Mobile, AT&T, Bell Canada, MTN Group, Orange, Telefonica, Etisalat, Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison, Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, Millicom, Smartfren, Telecom Argentina, Telstra, Africell, Liberty Latin America and others, the ability to offer extended broadband cellular coverage to its customers who live, work and travel in areas with little or no cellular coverage, with the aim of eliminating from space dead zones with cellular broadband.
“We want to fill the coverage gaps in our markets, especially in territories where the terrain makes it extremely difficult to reach with a traditional ground network. Our partnership with AST SpaceMobile, which connects the satellite directly to conventional mobile devices, will help in our efforts to bridge the digital divide, “said Luke Ibbetson, head of R&D, Vodafone and director of AST SpaceMobile.
Tareq Amin, CEO of Rakuten Mobile and Rakuten Symphony and director of AST SpaceMobile, added: “Our mission is to democratize access to mobile connectivity – which is why we are so excited about AST SpaceMobile’s potential to support disaster preparedness and achieve our goal of 100% geographic coverage to our customers in Japan. I look forward to not only testing BW3 on our world-leading cloud-native network in Japan, but also working with AST SpaceMobile to integrate our technology of virtualized radio network to help bring connectivity to the world “.
Chris Sambar, President – Network, AT&T, added: “We are thrilled to see AST SpaceMobile achieve this milestone. AT&T’s primary mission is to connect people to greater possibilities on the largest wireless network in America. By working with AST SpaceMobile, we believe there is a future opportunity to further extend the reach of our network, even to otherwise remote and offline locations. ”
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AST SpaceMobile is building the first and only global broadband cellular network in space to operate directly with standard and unmodified mobile devices based on our extensive patent and intellectual property portfolio. Our space engineers and scientists are on a mission to eliminate the connectivity gaps faced by today’s five billion mobile subscribers and finally bring broadband to the billions that remain disconnected. For more information, follow AST SpaceMobile on YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Watch this video for an overview of the SpaceMobile mission.
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The planned test of the BW3 test satellite may not complete due to a number of factors, which could include the loss of satellite connectivity, the destruction of the satellite or other communication errors and, even if completed as scheduled, the BW3 test could indicate necessary adjustments or changes that need to be made, each of which could result in additional costs, which could be significant, and delays in the commercialization of our service. If there are delays or problems with our tests, it may become more expensive to raise capital if we are able to do so.
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