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The British electronics company Filtronic is collaborating with the European Space Agency and the UK Space Agency to develop advanced space technology to boost 5G network connectivity.
The Head of ESA’s 5G/6G Program Antonio Franchi stated: “ESA is proud to partner with Filtronic on a project that will apply the company’s excellent commercial capabilities to advance the digital transformation of society and industry, achieved through the development of hybrid satellite 5G networks.”
According to Interesting Engineering, ESA aims to establish speedy, high-capacity connections between communications satellites in low Earth orbit and ground stations designed for reception. These low Earth orbit satellite constellations are essential for the next generation of 5G and 6G converged networks as they boost the communication systems on the ground.
ESA explained that telecommunications satellites provide connectivity by receiving and sending data via radio waves, with different parts of the radio spectrum having contrasting capabilities in speed, data volumes, and capacity. Furthermore, the company’s technological advancements operate over extremely high-frequency bands that deliver wide bandwidths, high data rates, and low latencies over localized areas.
This type of advancements in 5G network technologies could potentially evolve key applications like autonomous transport, the Internet of Things, and industrial automation.
Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency Paul Bate stated: “As we rely increasingly on satellite communications across all aspects of our daily lives, innovations that improve and expand the scope of these services have become an economic engine for the global space sector.”
“Satellite operators are increasingly turning to frequencies that deliver ultra-high bandwidth data links, and Filtronic is uniquely positioned to adapt existing products, manufactured in commercial volumes, for the specific requirements of space,” said Tudor Williams, Director of Technology at Filtronic.