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 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 satellite technology to seamlessly integrate 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 have traditionally used proprietary non-standard technologies, making it difficult to operate seamlessly with other mobile networks. In addition, non-standard MSS technologies don’t produce enough volume to drive the economies of scale that benefit terrestrial mobile networks. Using standards-based technology, satellite ecosystem players can leverage mobile terrestrial volumes to offer low-cost chipsets with both satellite and terrestrial connectivity, greatly reducing overall cost for devices that require diverse network access.

Ubiquitous coverage, 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.