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Sateliot leads in-orbit demonstration of 5G NB-IoT nanosatellite to extend mobile coverage

Sateliot - the satellite operator that will launch a constellation of nanosatellites to democratize the Internet of things (IoT) with 5G coverage - has materialized the 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.

According to Marco Guadalupi, Sateliot’s CTO, “all technical tests have shown that the satellite works, so this endorsement of our value proposition now allows us to test our services in real environments, and to start new missions with new satellites to continue advancing in the technological validation of our project.”

Sateliot will provide global and continuous connectivity to all the elements that will make up the Internet of things universe – such as the connected car or the connected home – under the 5G protocol. Thanks to a constellation of state-of-the-art nanosatellites, located at low altitude and acting as mobile towers, Sateliot is the perfect complement to large telecommunications companies by providing them with the necessary infrastructure where terrestrial technologies do not reach.


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