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Telefónica and Lynk Demonstrate Satellite-to-Cell in Argentina

By Mark Holmes | February 27, 2024

A rendering of Lynk’s satellite-to-cell concept. Photo: Lynk Global

Lynk Global has successfully demonstrated its satellite-to-cell technology in Patagonia, a remote area of Argentina. The trial was done with Telefónica through its business units, Telefónica Argentina and Telefónica Global Solutions. Lynk Global revealed details of the trial, Feb. 26.

Lynk’s Sat2Phone technology aims to enable Telefónica to offer its subscribers enhanced geographic coverage, including extending rural coverage in areas where it is nearly impossible to deploy terrestrial telecommunications infrastructure, such as jungles or mountainous areas. Argentina is the second largest country in South America and has a diverse geography including the Andes mountain range in the west.

In addition, the Sat2Phone technology could be used as a back-up to ensure service resilience and provide always-on connectivity to IoT networks.

“This demonstration reinforces Telefónica Global Solutions´ mission to allow people to communicate all over the world. We continue to prioritize ubiquitous connectivity for our subscribers no matter where they are. Given the vast expanse of Argentina, the use of Sat2Phone will ensure that people can stay connected using any unmodified phone, which is a cornerstone of our strategic roadmap,” said Gustavo Arditti, satellite business director of Telefónica Global Solutions.