We all know that being digitally connected has become one of the most important needs in our modern society. Technology is evolving, continuously providing a better user experience, but there are still challenges to be tackled: with 5G commercially available, users expect to have the same quality of internet experience anytime, anywhere.

Satellite communications play an important role in the extension of 5G cellular networks to rural and hard-to-reach areas, including aeroplanes, trains, boats and other vehicles, especially in regions of the planet traditionally beyond the reach of cellular companies.

Moreover, new developments in the satellite communications eco-system have overcome previous limitations, such as the new generation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations reducing latency in satellite communications, and technical advances in Geostationary (GEO) satellite, providing high throughput and improvements in GEO satellites robustness*.

In this context, not only satellite is increasingly being used as the most cost-effective backhaul alternative to terrestrial networks but also, there is increasing interest and participation from 3GPP into the satellite communication industry to integrate satellite and terrestrial network infrastructure, in relation to of 5G.

At CGI, we are developing a range of solutions to enable the integration of terrestrial and satellite networks. By focusing on the benefits of satellite networks, we help open up the market for 5G by demonstrating that satellite networks can be brought into the system efficiently and quickly - to benefit both network operators and end users.

To find out more about this topic, read my recent article “Combining mobile and satellite networks” on IDG Connect or get in touch.


* Find out more about LEO and GEO

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Noemi de Hevia Mendez

Senior Consultant

Noemi has held technical, commercial and budget management roles in the wireless telecom industry for the past fifteen years, working in Spain, USA and the UK. She has in depth experience of Mobile Radio Access Networks having worked in various roles for Ericsson, Orange, Vodafone ...

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