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Omnispace and MTN join forces to revolutionise global connectivity, bridging satellite and terrestrial networks for seamless 5G access. (Image source: Omnispace)

Omnispace, a leading force in shaping mobile connectivity for the modern age, has announced a partnership with MTN, Africa's largest mobile network operator 

MTN serves over 290 million customers across 19 countries, offering a wide range of services including voice, data, fintech, digital solutions, enterprise support, wholesale services, and APIs. This collaboration will focus on utilising S-band satellite services to expand MTN’s wireless offerings in its markets.

The partnership highlights the shared commitment of Omnispace and MTN to developing affordable global connectivity solutions that go beyond traditional cellular and land-based networks. They will explore integrating MTN’s terrestrial mobile networks with Omnispace's non-terrestrial (NTN) network, following 3GPP standards, to provide consumer mobile and enterprise IoT services. Additionally, the companies will explore opportunities for collaboration in building an ecosystem of devices and software.“This collaborative effort would offer access to secure, cost-effective, ubiquitous 5G mobile connectivity by seamlessly integrating our respective satellite and terrestrial networks,” remarked Ram Viswanathan, CEO of Omnispace. “Omnispace is pleased to work together with MTN to deliver this first-of-its-kind, 3GPP standards-based solution to add non-terrestrial network connectivity to a large ecosystem of compatible devices, products and applications.”

“Through this collaboration, we aim to methodically extend the reach of our services, understanding the profound role connectivity plays in shaping societies and supporting growth. Our partnership with Omnispace is a strategic step towards ensuring consistent, reliable access to our network, contributing to the foundational infrastructure that supports a digitally inclusive future, enabling the benefits of a modern connected life for all,” said Mazen Mroué, MTN group chief technology and information officer.

Under the agreement, Omnispace will develop a next-generation standards-based mobile and IoT network designed to serve MTN markets. In the interim, the companies will partner to test existing technology, prove capabilities, and use cases using Omnispace’s on-orbit satellites.

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