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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.

Amazon, SpaceX and others win NASA contracts

NASA is evaluating how to decommission its current systems in favor of satellite communications networks for near-Earth operations As part of an initiative to develop communications services for space travel, NASA awarded contracts to Amazon’s Project Kuiper, Elon Musk’s SpaceX and four other companies. Together,...

Hispasat to acquire Axess Networks to enhance IoT, satellite 5G solutions

The acquisition is part of a larger strategic plan for Hispasat to become a satellite solutions and services provider Spanish satellite operator Hispasat has announced the acquisition of Axess Networks, a teleport operator and satellite services provider with a presence in Latin America, Europe, the...

Ligado, Mavenir develop base stations for 5G mobile satellite network

Mavenir will provide Ligado with its complete portfolio of cloud native solutions to address mobile core, IoT and Open vRAN for 5G Ligado Networks announced a deal with Mavenir to develop base stations as part of its plan to deploy a 5G mobile satellite network...

Lockheed Martin and Omnispace to build a space-based 5G network

Weeks after the U.S. Air Force’s Space Command issued a Request for Information (RFI) detailing its interest in using 5G for data transportation for ground- and space-based communications, Lockheed Martin, a U.S. defense contractor, announced a strategic interest agreement with satellite startup Omnispace “to explore jointly developing...

Ligado raises $100 million for its 5G, IoT network plans

Ligado Networks has raised more than $100 million in a first wave of investment for the build-out of its planned 5G/IoT network, even as a federal agency recently asked the Federal Communications Commission to pause and reconsider Ligado's ability to operate in its L-Band...

Will 5G Change the World? Doug Mohney, Space IT Bridge (Bonus Episode)

RCR Wireless News · Will 5G Change The World? Doug Mohney, Space IT Bridge (Bonus Episode) It's a first! Someone finally tells me, "5G won't change the world" Space IT Bridge Editor in Chief Doug Mohney discusses the intersection of 5G and satellite communications; use cases...

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...

Intelsat reportedly considering bankruptcy that could delay C Band auction

  With Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai expected to announce his plans today for the auction of C Band spectrum, an additional complication looms over the already contentious process: satellite provider Intelsat is reportedly considering filing for bankruptcy if U.S. regulators don't sweeten the compensation...

Study: C Band sharing is feasible with smaller protection zones

Co-channel sharing of satellite C Band spectrum is feasible with far smaller geographic protection areas than are currently in place, according to a new study -- and trimming down the exclusion zones around satellite earth stations and enabling spectrum sharing could open up high-speed...

Debating the fate of the C Band

WASHINGTON, D.C.--In the Federal Communications Commission's quest to free up more mid-band spectrum for 5G wireless services, the debate around the C Band is one of the most contentious and complicated. That complexity was reflected at a panel on Wednesday, with most of the...

Analyst Angle: What is the role of satellite communications in 5G?

  Satellite communications have been in use for decades now, providing connectivity to remote areas, acting as backup in disaster relief situations, and being a major access mechanism for television (TV) in certain parts of the world. Satellite use has been vital for government, military,...

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