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Nokia, AST SpaceMobile Join Forces for Broadband from Space

The Atlantic coast of the United States at night from the International Space Station.

The Atlantic coast of the United States at night from the International Space Station.

Source: NASA

Nokia Oyj will provide equipment to connect AST SpaceMobile Inc. satellites to the global telecommunications network, creating a crucial link in a planned space-based broadband network designed to work with standard mobile phones, the companies said in a statement Thursday.

In addition to AirScale base stations, Espoo, Finland-based Nokia will provide its NetAct network management systems and technical support, the companies said. Terms of the five-year deal with Austin, Texas-based AST SpaceMobile weren’t disclosed.