Satellite IoT for 5G — What’s the Story?

ADRIAN HILLIER | April 24, 2019

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For some time now the European Space Agency (ESA) project “Satellite for 5G,” together with 3GPP, has been quietly evaluating how Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) (including satellite segments) might form an integral part of 5G connectivity infrastructure. Importantly, this 3GPP work item does not solely focus on use cases for Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), but also seeks to address Massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC) requirements for hybrid connectivity. Technical studies are still at the early stage, having thus far focused on describing use cases and understanding what technical problems must be solved, rather than proposing the solution. But the slow march towards hybrid 5G Internet of Things (IoT) networks has seemingly begun.

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