- The space sector is experiencing a new paradigm where sizes, costs and times are being reduced
- In Spain in 2019 this sector moved nearly 1,000 million euros
Madrid, October 2020. Sateliot, the satellite telecommunications operator that will provide global and continuous connectivity to all the elements that will make up the universe of the Internet of Things (IoT), is advocating to the space and telecommunications industry for nanosatellite technology to make the democratisation of 5G possible in any corner of the planet.
The company, which from next year will launch its LEO nanosatellite constellation 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 – with the aim of reaching 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 ‘democratisation 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.
So when defining the standards, it is important to take into account that, if only large geostationary satellites the size of a bus, developed over decades and priced between 100 and 500 million, were previously able to provide a multitude of services through satellites the size of a microwave, developed in a matter of months and priced between 1 and 5 million.
It is precisely this revolution that has led Sateliot to implement its business model and propose its roaming service to telecommunications operators, offering them the capacity of its nanosatellites, 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 in 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, our country is in the top 5 European countries by number of employees in this industry, according to TEDAE figures.
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”.
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. Thanks to a constellation of nanosatellites of the latest generation, located at low altitude and acting as mobile towers, Sateliot is the perfect complement to the large telecommunications companies by providing them with the necessary infrastructure where terrestrial technologies do not reach. More information on our website, Twitter and LinkedIn.