SVE NEWS & SPACE.COM Sharing Series — SpaceX competitor Lynk testing 5G cell phone service from space

The experimental payload will launch on Lynk’s second commercial satellite in December and will be tested with an undisclosed mobile partner.

5G network visualized as connected lines flowing from earth into space

The competition for 5G is getting fierce between companies vying to get their customers in remote areas swift access to space-based internet. (Image credit: Andriy Onufriyenko via Getty Images)

The rivalry for fast internet from space just entered a new stage.

Lynk, a competitor to the much larger SpaceX, plans to offer an experimental 5G cellular base station aboard a mission in December, working alongside an undisclosed cellular partner. The experimental payload will launch on Lynk’s second commercial satellite, company officials said.

“This test will demonstrate the ability to send a 5G signal from space to standard mobile devices on Earth,” Lynk officials wrote(opens in new tab) in late September.

The test is a shot across the bow to SpaceX, which has already signed a deal with T-Mobile for cellular service but, unlike Lynk, does not yet have Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval. Lynk received the prized FCC thumbs-up just a few weeks ago.

Related: Starlink service endangered by proposed 5G plan, SpaceX says

Lynk and SpaceX are jostling for market access to people living in rural areas who lack access to standard internet service. SpaceX has a fleet of thousands of Starlink satellites through which it plans to beam 5G broadband internet service, while Lynk has an emergency access plan through an orbital cell tower.

Lynk already tested a satellite-to-phone service link last year, according to Via Satellite(opens in new tab), and is ramping up service fast in a bid to keep ahead of the competition. “We are actively testing satellite-direct-to-phone-services in 12 countries on five continents,” Dan Dooley, chief commercial officer of Lynk, said in the same company statement.

The company’s patent allows the orbiting cell tower to link up with standard 5G devices in 55 countries, Lynk says.

5G service is a next-generation speed boost in cellular access that offers better network speeds to support the Internet of things, or the growing fleet of connected devices in industries ranging from shipping to consumer appliances.

Lynk already offers software-designed radios that can move between slower, but still viable, 2G and 4G speeds for the mobile network operators it is trying to attract as customers. SpaceX, meanwhile, recently complained to the FCC about plans to open up the prized 12 gigahertz band to another 5G competitor, Dish, arguing that using the frequency would interfere with existing communications upon Starlink satellites.



Sources from: SPACE.COM

NASA ESA CWS Three Musketeers in Outer Space – Alliance, unification, sharing

SVE NEWS is the leader in world news liberal sharing.

(Comments on this news are welcome)
2022 CWMALLS: Standard, Sharing,Ecology, Value;
2022 CWMALLS COMMODITY: Patent, Technology, Art, Intelligence;
2022 CWMALLS NEW SPECIES: Keen, Aggressive, Personality, Value;
2022 MWE FUND: Charity, Public Welfare, Responsibility
2022 CWS is with the world and Mars!

Tips: In order to explore more planet species diversity and ecosystem of Mars and earth’s biosphere of cohesion, from now on in the chosen experts and scholars of Mars and planets, especially the astrophysicist, astrobiologists, astrochemists, and so on all over the world’s elite, contribute to the existence and development of simulation of Mars landing. Thank you very much! CWS (Mars) Asia-Pacific Preparatory Committee 0086-57189877088/89877099, E-mail:, Twitter: CWS, October 3, 2021