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European Space Agency backs ‘Satellite for 5G’

The European Space Agency announced that it will be joining 16 satellite industry leaders in their work for the ‘Satellite for 5G’ program.

ESA and the space industry will work together on 5G service trials, including satellite capabilities, with a focus on selected sectors targeted by 5G, so called ‘Verticals’, such as transport, media and entertainment, and public safety. The agency will also be involved in transversal activities in the areas of applications development, standardisation, resource management aspects, interoperability demonstration campaigns, and supporting technologies.

The joint statement, laying the foundation for the collaboration was signed by Magali Vaissiere, ESA Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, and representatives from 16 satellite operators, service providers and manufacturers.


“5G provides a major opportunity for our space industry, for space and satellites to become integral parts of the future generation of communications networks and services. The joint statement demonstrates that our key industrial stakeholders are ready to join forces in response to this industrial ambition, said Vaissiere. “ESA is going to define a framework supporting industrial action and further strengthening and coordinating institutional support in Europe and in particular with the European Commission.”

In accordance with the joint statement, the next step will be for the signatories to consolidate the defining elements of the trial projects and transversal actions by the end of the year.

These efforts are in line with, and will build on, the existing initiatives of the European Commission on 5G and will seek complementarity with other European, national and international initiatives.

Sylvia Jacob