Globe Tests Lynk’s Emergency Messaging in the Philippines
Digital solutions company Globe tested Lynk’s satellite connectivity for SMS texts and emergency alerts in a trial in the Philippines, the companies announced March 2. In the trial, standard mobile phones connected directly to Lynk’s Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites and sent and received text messages. The satellite was also able to broadcast an emergency message to the phones registered to the Lynk network.
These tests came after the two companies signed an agreement last year. Globe said this technology can augment its terrestrial networks and provide cellular connectivity to more Filipinos in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas.
Lynk plans to launch its global commercial service providing periodic SMS services and cellular broadcast emergency alerts in April of this year. The company’s business model is to work with mobile network operators to operate as a roaming service outside of their networks.
“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,” said Gerhard Tan, director and head of Network Strategy and Technology Enablement at Globe. “This satellite technology will revolutionize basic cellular service and the internet in the country, enabling a digitally-connected Philippines,” he added.