Rakuten, Vodafone Invest in Satellite Startup
An excerpt from a March 3, 2020 Light Reading article:
'AST & Science’s SpaceMobile venture is a perfect fit for us,' said Mickey Mikitani, chairman and CEO of Rakuten, Inc.
'Our investment is part of our broader strategy to become a leading mobile network operator in Japan and a global solution provider to markets around the world. Rakuten’s strategic investment with AST & Science has the potential to support our efforts to connect users across Japan through mobile innovation, expanding national coverage from metropolitan to remote areas and bolstering the network in times of natural disaster.'