Satellite-Adapted 5G IoT

Achieving the 5G future, with its promise of ubiquitous and ultra-reliable IoT, will require a “network of networks.” While each individual network’s role will be unique, all must work together in close harmony.

Ligado is working with industry leading partners to adapt the standard IoT protocols of LTE-M and NB-IoT for satellite use to allow seamless integration of satellite technology with the 5G IoT networks of tomorrow. This technology will leverage the Ligado SkyTerra 1 satellite to provide robust connectivity to small, low-power devices that are also served by terrestrial mobile networks.

Mainstream, low-cost chipsets

Mobile satellite services (MSS) networks traditionally use proprietary, non-standard technologies, making it difficult to operate seamlessly with other mobile networks. In addition, non-standard MSS technologies don’t benefit from volumes that drive the economies of scale enjoyed by terrestrial mobile networks. Using standards-based technology, satellite ecosystem players can leverage mobile terrestrial volumes, making use of mainstream, low-cost chipsets and devices which support both satellite and terrestrial connectivity. This approach minimizes the cost differential between terrestrial-only and hybrid, terrestrial/satellite devices. For that reason, Ligado is advancing efforts in 3GPP and with leading technology suppliers to standardize satellite IoT technology and enable IoT devices for terrestrial and satellite network services.

Ubiquitous coverage and ultra-reliable connectivity for 5G IoT

Extending far beyond the reach of terrestrial networks, the Ligado satellite network provides ubiquitous and always-on connectivity throughout North America. Standards-based IoT protocols allow critical IoT endpoints to maintain service continuity, operate seamlessly across networks, and enable the most efficient use of resources while providing an additional layer of network reliability.