INTERVIEW: Lynk Global detailed its ambitions to have up to 50 satellites in service within a year of its initial launch, with CCO Daniel Dooley (illustrated) leaning the increasing competition in the sector as an advantage rather than a threat.

At the recent MWC Las Vegas 2022, Dooley explained that the satellite company is still on track to launch its first commercial service in December on an initial fleet of up to four birds.

He noted that the company was beginning to reap the benefits of five years of development, which left it better placed than its rivals in terms of regulatory approvals and customer wins.

“We’re the only patented, proven, commercially viable ones,” Dooley said, saying rivals “don’t have one of those attributes, let alone all three.”

Dooley noted that a recent glut of announcements seemingly triggered by a Space X deal with T-Mobile US is good news for Lynk Global, shifting the focus of conversations with mobile operators from technical feasibility to “how quickly can you get it”.

As of speaking, Dooley noted that Lynk Global has secured 17 carrier contracts globally. Moving up to Tier 1 providers is a bit more difficult in terms of the information and due diligence they require, but the executive remained optimistic it will have “some of the biggest operators in the world” on board in 2023.

During the interview, Dooley also discussed the capital-intensive nature of the satellite communications industry and whether there’s enough space for everyone.

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