Sateliot is advocating to the space and telecommunications industry for smallsat technology to make the democratization of 5G possible in any corner of the planet.
The company, which will be launching their LEO smallsat constellation next year to offer a global and massive IoT service, has in recent days participated alongside companies from mobile operators, network equipment manufacturers and space industry giants in the meetings of the 3GPP, the body responsible for defining the new 5G standard and the maintenance and evolution of the previous 2G, 3G and 4G generations. Sateliot’s aim is to reach a consensus on the integration of satellite networks and IOT protocols into the 5G standard.
The space sector is experiencing a new paradigm in which sizes, costs and times are being reduced, giving rise to a genuine ‘democratization of space’, with more competitive innovation cycles and more possibilities of deploying not one, but tens or hundreds of satellites progressively to provide services on a global scale.
This smallsat revolution has led Sateliot to implement its business model and propose its roaming service to telecommunications operators, offering them the capacity of its smallsats, which act as telecommunications towers from space as an extension of coverage where terrestrial networks cannot reach.
Thus, space is configured as one of the great motors of the economy due to its high added value, its capacity to generate employment and large investments that will be realized over the coming years. In fact, in Spain alone in 2019, this sector moved nearly one billion euros and contributed 0.5% to the national GDP. Moreover, Spain is one of the top 5 European countries by number of employees in this industry, according to TEDAE figures.
Sateliot is the first satellite telecommunications operator that will provide global and continuous connectivity to all the elements that make up the universe of the Internet of Things (IoT) – such as the connected car or house – under the 5G protocol, according to the firm. Thanks to a constellation of the latest generation of smallsats, 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 to deliver terrestrial technologies that are not currently served.
According to Marco Guadalupi, Co-Founder and CTO of Sateliot, “Our participation in the 3GPP meetings, together with telecommunications and space giants, puts us in the front line to promote our proposals in the development of the 5G IoT standard, where the possibilities of nanosatellites are almost infinite.”