Hundreds of satellites with 5G capability are planned to be launched, according to Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Thales.
The “space-based network” Thales, Qualcomm, and Ericsson revealed on Monday aims to connect the entire world by enabling smartphones to communicate directly with satellites.
The three companies want to deploy a large number of 5G-capable satellites to provide service to “extreme geographies or distant places across seas”.
The base stations and antennas that existing mobile networks use to deliver and receive data could potentially be eliminated by the idea.However, the concept is still in its infancy.
The companies claimed to have conducted “several investigations and simulations” and will now investigate potential applications for the technology.
In a statement, they added that the outcome “may effectively mean that a future 5G smartphone could access 5G connectivity anywhere on Earth”.
Greater security would be one of the potential advantages, which might be beneficial for national governments.Additionally, they proposed that space-based networks might be utilised as a backup during natural disasters or other widespread blackouts that damage terrestrial networks.
The three companies do not, however, anticipate a quick rollout.
When the first satellites might be used was “too early to say”, according to Erik Ekudden of Ericsson.
Within four or five years, according to Thales, a rollout of 600 to 800 satellites might start.
According to a government announcement, the Indian Union Cabinet has cleared the procedures for staging 5G spectrum auctions, and by the end of July, 72097.85 MHz of radio waves would be placed up for bid.In order to foster a wave of innovation in new-age industry applications like machine-to-machine communications, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) across the automotive, healthcare, agricultural, energy, and other sectors, the Cabinet also decided to permit the development and establishment of “Private Captive Networks”.
In a recent development, when the organisations run by the billionaires Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani compete in the auction of airwaves that can provide fifth generation or 5G telecom services later this month, it will be the first time they will be in direct competition.