Thursday 30 January 2020 | 10:26 CET | News
Spanish 5G Internet of Things satellite specialist Sateliot has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Space Agency (ESA) to analyse, develop and implement innovative technologies, products and services with space capability through the use of 5G. Under the terms of the deal, Sateliot said the partners will work together to develop technology in the areas of hybrid terrestrial space networks, 5G network architecture, spectrum management and spectrum exchange.
Sateliot plans to invest EUR 100 million in 2022 to launch a constellation of 20 nanosatellites with a view to extending the IoT reach of existing 5G terrestrial networks via wholesale agreements. Its chief executive is Jaume Sanpera, founder of Spanish telecommunications services provider Eurona, who described the agreement with the ESA as “a firm commitment by the Agency to support the development and experimentation of satellite solutions based on the 5G standard, which is expected to move more than EUR 5.4 billion in 2025.”
Separately, Sateliot announced a contract with Spanish aerospace manufacturer Alen Space to design the payload of its first nano-satellites. The technology is composed of an SDR (Software Defined Radio) card, a radio frequency conditioning plate and an antenna to communicate with terrestrial devices.