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In The News | 5G Insider | March 5, 2021

5G Solutions for Enterprises Are Coming From Ligado and Rakuten

Buzz is surrounding Ligado Networks as the satellite company continues to make a push into the world of 5G with its latest collaboration with Rakuten. The idea is to use the Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP) and together, create a 5G mobile private network solutions for enterprises. The result will be a combination of Rakuten’s Open RAN capabilities and Ligado’s L-band spectrum.

In April of 2020, the FCC approved Ligado to deploy a low-power terrestrial nationwide network allowing the use of mid-band spectrum for 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). Now, Rakuten and Ligado have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set a timeline for network trials and to create solutions beginning this quarter. The plans are facing some opposition from the aviation industry, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Department of Transportation (DOT) as there are concerns about the interface with federal use of GPS.