Satellite-Adapted 5G IoT

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

With the support of Ligado and other leading technology suppliers, Non-Terrestrial-Network (NTN) coverage, as a complement to terrestrial deployments, is included as part of Release 17 of the 3GPP Standards. Ligado is working with industry leading partners to implement the standard IoT protocols of LTE-M and NB-IoT for satellite use to allow seamless and cost-effective integration of satellite technology with the fully realized 5G networks of tomorrow.

The Power of SkyTerra 1

The Ligado SkyTerra 1 Satellite is unique in its ability to close the link from geostationary orbit to small, low-power devices without the need for specialized equipment. Leveraging a 22m reflector-based antenna in space, and flexible precision beam forming capabilities on the ground, the Ligado satellite network offers unmatched capacity and a bent-pipe architecture that allows for fast deployment of new protocols and quick updates as standards evolve.

Mainstream, low-cost chipsets

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.

Ubiquitous 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 protocols allow critical 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.