Telefónica, through its divisions Telefónica Tech and Telefónica Global Solutions (TGS), and Sateliot, a SATCOM operator, are collaborating in the development of a connectivity service with dual 5G NB-IoT technology, wherein Sateliot’s new satellite network will be integrated with Telefónica Tech’s current terrestrial NB-IoT networks to offer IoT connectivity wherever the customer needs it, including maritime coverage.
The objective is to complement Telefónica Tech’s value proposition with a global satellite service using LEO constellations to provide 5G NB-IoT connectivity. These constellations orbit at an altitude of between 500 and 1,000 kilometers, much lower than traditional geostationary satellites. In addition, being compatible with 3GPP standards, it will allow NB-IoT devices to connect seamlessly to both existing terrestrial networks and the new satellite network.
The architecture designed by Telefónica Tech, TGS and Sateliot, natively integrates the satellite network with the network nodes of Kite, the managed IoT connectivity platform developed by Telefónica Tech with which the customer can control and monitor their power lines in real time and remotely from anywhere in the world through a web portal or via APIs.
This innovative 5G connectivity service via satellite will not require the use of devices other than those already used in NB-IoT connectivity and it is expected that agriculture, shipping, wind farms, solar farms and livestock will be the sectors that will benefit the most, as they are the ones that need coverage in remote areas. Telefónica Tech and TGS plan to start the first pre-commercial pilots with customers later this year.