Uganda Telecom has partnered with AST SpaceMobile in a move to eliminate connectivity gaps countrywide.
The infamous telecom service provider has for years struggled on the market with the rigorous competition from other networks like MTN, Airtel and Africell in the country. Between battling its gigantic debts, administration politics, poor network reception and keeping a hold of its fast declining number of customers, the telecom has stayed up and running for many years.
In a move to now boost its connectivity woes, Uganda Telecom has partnered with US-based AST SpaceMobile to implement their space-based cellular broadband network that has the capability of covering the entire country. AST SpaceMobile is currently working to launch satellites that can communicate directly with standard cell phones to create a broadband network to eliminate connectivity gaps.
In March 2022, the company is planning on launching the prototype satellite BlueWalker 3 for its space-to-cell network on a SpaceX rocket, designed to communicate directly with cell phones via 3GPP standard frequencies.
Today, AST SpaceMobile has reportedly entered into agreements and understandings with mobile network operators worldwide which collectively cover approximately 1.4 billion mobile subscribers.
As a big gamble as this may sound, this innovative partnership, should it be a success, will greatly boost the connectivity concerns faced by the telecom network for many years.