A New Satellite-Based IoT Network

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The IoT network’s creation will kick off with Ligado developing 5G technology in the L-Band to power mobile services in North America.

IoT network infrastructure provider Ligado Networks announced its plan to develop 5G technology in the L-Band to power mobile services in North America.

“We are proud to announce this exciting effort with key partners and believe it will accelerate the development of the L-Band ecosystem for 5G in North America,” says Doug Smith, Ligado’s CEO. “Making this further investment in the transition of mid-band spectrum for terrestrial use represents a big stride forward for the country’s efforts to deliver next-generation services and win the race to 5G.”

Powering Mobile Services in North America

This multi-year project with partners Ericsson and Sequans includes building and deploying a satellite and terrestrial IoT network. The network will use 40MHz of mid-band spectrum to support 5G IoT solutions for major industries. It will accelerate the next phase of American mobile services infrastructure.

The partnership will develop new 5G technology for Ligado network’s satellite component. Existing LTE-M and NB-IoT technologies will facilitate the network’s ability support a broad array of new devices and growth with 5G technology.

Ligado will use the growing LTE-M and NB-IoT ecosystem by embedding satellite connectivity on mainstream terrestrial chipsets.  The companies are preparing to conduct several 5G demonstrations early next year.

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“Ericsson is committed to helping provide global connectivity by leveraging innovative technology and supporting new business models,” says Kevin Zvokel, Head of Networks, Ericsson North America. “We are excited to work with Ligado Networks on this 5G opportunity.”

Ligado’s terrestrial authorizations in L-Band are pending FCC review, and it’s also currently selecting 5G suppliers.

Sue Walsh

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Sue Walsh is News Writer for RTInsights, and a freelance writer and social media manager living in New York City. Her specialties include tech, security and e-commerce. You can follow her on Twitter at @girlfridaygeek.

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