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2020-06-08

Omnispace Selects Thales Alenia Space

Omnispace, a company that is reinventing mobile communications by building a global hybrid network, recently announced that it has selected Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67 per cent) and Leonardo (33 per cent), to develop the initial component of its satellite-based Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure. This will advance the company’s vision to deliver a global hybrid communications network based on 3GPP standards. 
 
Thales Alenia Space will design and build an initial set of two satellites for operation in non-geostationary orbit (NGSO). These initial satellites will support 3GPP-defined (the 3rd Generation Partnership Project telecommunications specifications that unite standard development organisations) Narrow-Band IoT radio interface and will advance the development and implementation of Omnispace’s global hybrid network. This announcement marks a key milestone as Omnispace initiates the development of its new generation NGSO satellite constellation, which will operate in the S-band. 
 
“Thales Alenia Space has a successful track record of developing NGSO satellite constellations and is well-qualified to support our vision of delivering the world’s first global 5G non terrestrial network (NTN),” said Ram Viswanathan, President and CEO of Omnispace LLC.
 
The development of this initial set of satellites will begin immediately and are scheduled for launch in 2021. Omnispace and Thales Alenia Space, alongside other industry stakeholders, will contribute to the development of the 3GPP NTN friendly standard for global implementation.
 

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