• Vodafone confirmed a deal, first revealed by Vodafonewatch back in January 2020, to partner with US‑based satellite venture Avellan Space Technology & Science.

Vodafone confirm AST & Science satellite partnership

Vodafone confirm AST & Science satellite partnership

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Vodafone confirmed a deal, first revealed by Vodafonewatch back in January 2020, to partner with US‑based satellite venture Avellan Space Technology & Science (AST & Science) on a communications venture employing low‑earth orbit satellites (Vodafonewatch, #182). Vodafone and Japanese digital media and telecoms giant Rakuten have provided financial backing to AST & Science’s SpaceMobile venture, billed as the “first mobile broadband network that will be broadcast from space”. “AST& Science will initially offer 4G services to partner networks globally, with 5G delivered in the future. The SpaceMobile network will enable seamless roaming to and from terrestrial cellular networks at comparable data rates without any need for specialised satellite hardware”, said Vodafone.