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Rakuten and Vodafone Invest in AST & Science's Space Venture to Reach More People, Devices and Places with Mobile Coverage; - AST & Science's space-based network will be the first to connect directly to 4G - and in the future 5G - smartphones without any

Mar 03, 2020 - PR Newswire
Mergers and Acquisitions

PR Newswire

 Rakuten and Vodafone have become the lead investors in a venture to extend mobile coverage to more people and devices across the planet, using the first mobile broadband network that will be broadcast from space.

Branded SpaceMobile, the low-Earth-orbit (LEO), low-latency satellite network from AST & Science will be the first in the world to connect directly to standard smartphones. The company holds an extensive patent and IP portfolio for its ground and space technolo...