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Omnispace strikes a new partnership aimed at space-based 5G

The company is working Smart Communications to explore and demonstrate the capabilities of space-based 5G communications According to its website, Virginia-based Omnispace is on a mission to create “the world's first truly global 5G network” by “united” mobile roaming with satellite technology. In service of this mission,...

Nokia announces 5-year deal with AST SpaceMobile

The cell satellite service will leverage Nokia’s AirScale products Nokia announced this week a five-year deal with AST SpaceMobile, the Texas firm with ambitions to build a space-based cellular broadband network accessible by standard 4G and 5G smartphones. Nokia isn’t flying into space with AST SpaceMobile, but...

Ericsson, Qualcomm partner with aerospace company on 5G non-terrestrial networks

5G connectivity delivered via low Earth orbit satellites could lead to 'global coverage' for 5G smartphones, said the companies Ericsson, Qualcomm and French aerospace company Thales announced a collaboration to test and develop 5G connectivity using low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellations. The companies said...

Engineers connect Japan and Europe via space-enabled 5G links

The European Space Agency said that these 5G-based experiments took place in January and February 2022 Engineers have connected Japan and Europe via space-enabled, next-generation 5G telecommunication links for the first time, the European Space Agency (ESA) said in a release. The agency noted that the...

Sony announces new optical satellite business 

Sony said its newly-minted subsidiary will build equipment to enable laser-based real-time communication for low earth orbit (LEO) satellites.

FCC clears AST SpaceMobile for satellite cellular test

The FCC has cleared AST SpaceMobile to test its satellite-based service, which it says will work with regular cell phones.

How LEO satellite networks can help bridge the digital divide (Reader Forum)

Cloud connectivity has been typically delivered via a combination of terrestrial wireline access and cell towers, feeding traffic into local, regional, nationwide and global fiber networks. Additionally, the overwhelming majority of international traffic today is being transported by a global mesh of submarine telecom...

Starlink debuts Premium satellite broadband

Starlink's new Premium service will offer LEO satellite broadband subscribers with twice the download speed for five times the price.

Starlink’s performance flattened in Q3, Ookla finds

Starlink sees a 10 Mbps dip in median speeds for US users, compared to the second quarter of this year New data from Ookla shows a slight decrease in Starlink's speeds during the third quarter of this year, which could be due to bringing on...

Verizon, Amazon tackle digital divide with LEO, 5G partnership

LOS ANGELES – During a Mobile World Congress Los Angeles (MWC LA) keynote presentation, Verizon and Amazon announced plans to integrate Verizon's 5G wireless network with Amazon's Project Kuiper constellation of low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. The pair are kicking the partnership off with backhaul...

Arianespace launches satellites for improved internet and mobility services

The launch included the Star One D2 satellite and the Eutelsat Quantum satellite Last week, Arianespace successfully launched a pair of communications satellites — Star One D2 and Eutelsat Quantum — into geostationary orbit around the Earth for two of the company’s customers: Embratel, the...

SpaceX to connect its Starlink satellites to Google Cloud systems

The new capabilities are expected to be available in the second half of 2021 Under a new partnership, SpaceX — Elon Musk’s private American aerospace company — will begin to locate its Starlink ground stations within Google Cloud’s data center properties. This, say the companies,...

The business case for LEO satellite constellations: Walking a tightrope to success (Analyst Angle)

It is rare for a technology or service to evoke extreme opinions as LEO satellite constellations do. On the one hand, some would say that no constellation has managed to avoid bankruptcy. On the other hand, some believe that LEO satellites will eliminate the...

Semtech brings LoRa technology to growing IoT satellite network

Semtech exec: 'When you build solutions for massive IoT, you need to scale' Semtech recently announced that its LoRa devices have been integrated into U.S.-based startup Swarm Technologies’ growing global Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite network that enables two-way communications to and from its satellites...

Telesat promises ‘most advanced’ LEO network with Lightspeed

Canadian satellite operator Telesat is joining the battle for low-earth-orbit-based broadband services, announcing today that it has selected a vendor to manufacture the nearly 300 LEO satellites that will form the initial basis for its new Lightspeed LEO network. Thales Alenia Space will build...

Will midband spectrum fend off 5G challenges from LEO satellites?

The first phase of the C Band auction, which involved spectrum between 3.3–4.2 GHz, wrapped up in mid-January, raking in an astounding $80.92 billion in bids, making it the most profitable spectrum auction in history. According to Stealth Communications’ President & CEO Shrihari Pandit, there...

Five connectivity trends emerging from 2020

2020 trends show a serious 'pivot' in connectivity testing RCR Wireless News caught up with test and measurement company Spirent Communications' head of 5G strategy, Steve Douglas, to discuss some of the connectivity trends that the company saw unfold throughout 2020, as well as what...

Bharti Airtel, the UK purchase bankrupt LEO satellite operator

The joint purchase will allow OneWeb to complete construction of a global satellite constellation India’s Bharti Enterprises and the U.K. government have jointly purchased the bankrupt London-based satellite operator OneWeb. Both buyers will invest about $500 million in the satellite operator, and the U.K. government...

SpaceX has launched 422 satellites, enough for internet coverage

At least 400 Starlink crafts are needed for SpaceX to provide minimal internet coverage, says Musk SpaceX, Elon Musk’s private American aerospace company, yesterday launched an additional 60 Starlink satellites into orbit, bringing the total number of satellites in the Starlink constellation to 422. That's...

The threat and opportunity of LEO satellites (Analyst Angle)

Terrestrial and satellite networks have progressed along their independent path, rarely intersecting. However, the new generation of low earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellations are poised to change the economics of space-based networks. This promises new services and deployment models that could have major impact...

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