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Thales Alenia partnership to support Omnispace IoT development

Stephen Kuper

Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales and Leonardo, has been selected to develop the initial component of Omnispace’s satellite-based internet of things (IoT) infrastructure to support its plan to deliver a global hybrid communications network based on 3GPP standards.

Thales Alenia partnership to support Omnispace IoT development
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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 serve to 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.

Ram Viswanathan, president and chief executive of Omnispace welcomed the announcement: “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).”

This investment in our next-generation satellite infrastructure allows us to progress the development of our technology and demonstrate our unique capabilities as we continue to work towards launching our broader vision of a global hybrid network.

The development of this initial set of satellites will begin immediately and they are scheduled for launch in 2021.

Hervé Derrey, CEO of Thales Alenia Space, added, “Thales Alenia Space is pleased to be working with Omnispace, which is taking a holistic approach to the design, development and deployment of their next-generation, IoT-based satellite network infrastructure.

“Omnispace’s selection of Thales Alenia Space reinforces our leadership position as a major industrial partner and our expertise in space-based IoT communications. We look forward to collaborating with Omnispace in delivering this innovative project.”

Omnispace and Thales Alenia Space, along-side other industry stakeholders, will contribute to the development of the 3GPP NTN friendly standard for global implementation.

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