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Sateliot is leading the first in-orbit demonstration of 5G NB-IoT nanosatellite to extend coverage for mobile operators

By Eric Van Rees - 2nd July 2021 - 06:18

Sateliot has materialized the world’s first implementation and in-orbit demonstration of the 5G NB-IoT stack by nanosatellite that will allow extending coverage to mobile operators, as reported today in the framework of the MWC where it participates.

In this way, Sateliot validates its project by confirming that the service tested in the laboratory is already working on the first of its nanosatellites already orbiting in space. Thus, the company has verified that the signals can be transmitted by this fast-moving satellite (LEO-600) and detected and decoded by a device on the ground.

Precisely, this technical advance comes at the same time that the 3GPP, the body that periodically brings together the main players in the telecommunications sector to define the various communication standards, has approved the inclusion in the definition of the 5G-IoT standard of ‘scenario 4’ or also known in the sector as ‘Sateliot scenario’ in which low orbit nanosatellite networks are contemplated to provide IoT services.

This agreement also represents a breakthrough for the company, as the 5G IoT services it provides to telecommunications operators from its constellation will be compatible with the official standard defined by consensus by the main representatives of the sector.

The satellite, ready to offer 5G-IoT services

Thus, barely a quarter after its launch aboard the Soyuz rocket, Sateliot’s first nanosatellite has passed the so-called Commissioning, all the technical phases of testing and verification of all its systems, and is now ready to offer 5G-IoT connection to companies and institutions with which it has already signed collaboration agreements.

With this preliminary pilot testing phase, the company will obtain very useful information for the evolution and integral design of its constellation, which is expected to start offering commercial service to telecommunications operators in 2022.

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