Thursday, March 2, 2023

Globe and Lynk make history with first-ever LEO satellite to mobile connectivity trial in PH

Globe, the leading digital solutions platform in the Philippines, has successfully tested Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite connectivity for Short Messaging Service (SMS) and emergency alerts. In collaboration with global firm Lynk Global, Globe made history as the first company in the country to do so.

The field trial, conducted in Bataan from February 16 to 20, 2023, involved standard mobile phones connected directly to Lynk’s LEO satellites, allowing them to send and receive text messages. Additionally, the satellite was able to broadcast emergency messages to phones registered to the Lynk network.

This breakthrough technology is expected to complement Globe's existing terrestrial networks and provide cellular connectivity to more Filipinos in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas. Gerhard Tan, Director and Head of Network Strategy and Technology Enablement at Globe, said, "Globe is exploring new satellite technology solutions to reach more people, especially in far-flung areas that do not have any terrestrial network coverage. There are still places within the archipelago where people can benefit from additional mobile coverage."

In April 2023, Lynk will launch its global commercial service, which will provide periodic SMS services and cellular broadcast emergency alerts that are roaming-like from a network and user perspective. Over time, Lynk's service will become seamless and add more services, such as app-based messaging, voice, and data.

James Alderdice, VP, of Asia-Pacific at Lynk, added, "At Lynk, we believe that people should be able to use their mobile phones to communicate no matter their location and no matter how remote. Our network of satellites that work as cell towers in space paves the way for Globe to enhance their mobile coverage of the Philippines."

The two companies signed an agreement last year to test the innovative aspect of the service, specifically the ability for standard unmodified phones to communicate with an LEO satellite in orbit acting as a mobile base station.

Lynk has been working on the technology and satellite service for over five years and has launched several LEO satellites with direct-to-mobile phone service to offer mobile operators and their subscribers additional coverage for cellular connectivity.

In conclusion, the successful testing of LEO satellite connectivity for SMS and emergency alerts is a significant milestone for Globe and the country as a whole. This innovative technology will provide much-needed cellular connectivity to Filipinos living in remote areas and expand Globe's mobile coverage throughout the country. To learn more about Globe and its digital solutions, visit

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