AST Space-Based Cellular Broadband Network signs MOU with Somcable (Somaliland)

AST SpaceMobile Provides Third Quarter 2021 Business Update

MIDLAND, Texas, (BUSINESS WIRE) – Nov 15th, 2021 – AST SpaceMobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASTS), the company building the first and only space-based cellular broadband network accessible directly by standard mobile phones, today provided its business update for the third quarter of 2021.

“Since our last quarterly business update, we have made significant progress and we are now entering the last stage of build, integration and testing of our next satellite, BlueWalker 3,” said Abel Avellan, Chairman and CEO of AST SpaceMobile.

Abel added, “Today, we are very pleased to announce that we have entered into an agreement to purchase an additional 100,000 square foot facility in Midland, Texas, complementing our existing 85,000 square foot headquarters facility. This is an important step for the industrialization of our technology, as this will provide us the potential capacity to reach our production goal of six satellites per month.”

Business Highlights

  • Our next satellite, BlueWalker 3, a 693-square-foot phased array for planned direct-to-cell phone connectivity at 4G/5G speeds, is going through final integration and testing, with all components for the build now on hand
  • Midland, Texas headquarters buildout is completed with approximately 35,000 square feet of clean room for assembly, as well as test equipment to support production requirements
  • Entered into an agreement to purchase an additional 100,000 square foot facility in Midland, Texas, which, together with our headquarters facility, will provide a combined 185,000 square feet of capacity
  • Signed a lease for approximately 16,000 square feet of new space for our Maryland Technology Center, intended to be the future home of our Satellite Operations Center and Network Operations Center
  • Signed Memoranda of Understanding (“MOUs”) with MTN Group (Africa, Middle East), YTL Communications (Malaysia) and Somcable (Somaliland)
  • Growth of 40 employees across all offices in the third quarter of 2021, with a team of 509 as of September 30, 2021, including 301 full-time employees, 47 full-time contractors and 161 employees of 3rd party engineering service providers working on AST SpaceMobile

Is that a first? An American company signing an MOU with Somaliland company?

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AST SpaceMobile Inc (NASDAQ:ASTS) announced a multilaunch agreement with SpaceX Wednesday morning.

AST SpaceMobile is working to build the first and only space-based cellular broadband network accessible by mobile phones.

The new agreement strengthens an existing launch planned for summer of the BlueWalker 3 test satellite.

Partners for AST SpaceMobile include Vodafone Group (NASDAQ:VOD), American Tower Corp (NYSE:AMT) and Rakuten Mobile. Rakuten, Vodafone, American Tower and Samsung are among the investors in the company.

In the third quarter, memoranda of understandings were signed with MTN Group, YTL Communications and Somcable covering several countries in Africa and the Middle East.

AST, which went public via SPAC merger in April 2021, is targeting a $1-trillion mobile wireless service market and the more than 5 billion mobile phones that move in and out of coverage.