Nokia will provide equipment to connect AST SpaceMobile satellites to the global telecommunications network — and Vodacom plans to use them.
The deal is the latest merger in the race by companies and governments to provide high-speed connectivity via low-orbit satellites.
French President Emmanuel Macron said in February that it was a “matter of sovereignty” to create a satellite offering that could rival Elon Musk’s SpaceX. He could now be getting his wish.
SpaceX on Friday broke its record for the number of rockets launched in a calendar year, topping last year’s slate of 31 missions.