The BICS and Lynk team for direct-to-mobile satellite service
Coverage areas will include North America, the Caribbean, Latin America, Southeast Asia and several rural areas of Africa.
“BICS strongly believes that connected communities are stronger communities,” says Mikael Schachne, Vice President Telecommunications Market at BICS.
“With Lynk, we recognized the opportunity to create something very meaningful and special for our mobile network operator partners and their subscribers.
“This partnership aims to build bridges so that more people can connect and benefit from a connected society like never before.”
Currently, around 6% of the world’s population lives in the digital divide. This means that 450 million people are excluded from digital communications – excluded from all the educational, social and economic benefits that a connected world can provide.
Many remote areas remain unconnected due to the costs associated with building and maintaining terrestrial cell towers.
Lynk’s “cell tower in space” technology solves this problem by providing direct satellite-to-mobile service.
“Mobile service is taken for granted by so many people who live in cities and suburbs, but we must remember that billions of people are still experiencing long periods of disconnection and hundreds of millions live without any connectivity. “said Charles Miller, CEO of Lynk. and co-founder.
“Exclusion from the digital world creates barriers to economic growth and social betterment, trapping hundreds of millions of people in the deepest poverty.
“It also eliminates access to basic emergency services, which makes life more dangerous. Our partnership with BICS will enable MNOs to extend their coverage at lower cost and connect more people, saving lives and accelerating economic development for those living in the most remote areas of the world. »