PARIS — AST SpaceMobile, a startup that plans to provide broadband links from satellites in a 700-kilometer orbit directly to unmodified smartphones, said its demonstration satellite can launch this summer even without U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval.
AST’s constellation is registered with the government of Papua New Guinea but it needs licenses in each nation in which it wants to do business. The FCC has not yet approved the company’s use of V-band frequencies for gateway Earth stations for the proposed 243 . . .
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