Consortium creates Mobile Satellite Services Association (MSSA)

09 February 2024

Viasat, Inc., Terrestar Solutions, Ligado Networks, Omnispace and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PJSC (Yahsat), have announced the Mobile Satellite Services Association (MSSA), which will bring significant scale and choice to promote and advance the emerging Direct-to-Device (D2D) ecosystem.

MSSA seeks to develop a global ecosystem utilizing over 100 MHz of L- and S-band spectrum already allocated and licensed for mobile satellite services (MSS), which is well-suited for integration into a broad range of mobile devices. The non-profit industry association intends to align with 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards to extend terrestrial mobile coverage for both Mobile Network Operator (MNO) and Over-the-Top (OTT) internet services.

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ICE IV Project to connect Asia, ME and Africa

09 February 2024

Telin, Telecom Egypt and e& Carrier & Wholesale Services have formed a consortium to develop the ICE IV Project, a subsea cable system connecting the Intra Asia region to India and the Middle East.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), E&, Telecom Egypt and Telin, and an unnamed major Indian operator, will deploy an open subsea data centre (DC) to DC system spanning approximately 11,000km to interconnect Indonesia and Singapore to India, Oman, Egypt, and the UAE.

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Ericsson and IIT Kharagpur sign long-term 6G deal

08 February 2024

Ericsson has signed long-term co-operation agreement with Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) for joint research in tech areas including AI and edge compute to contribute to development of 6G.

Ericsson and IIT Kharagpur have signed two agreements that they say will allow researchers from both organizations to push the boundaries of fundamental and applied research in the radio domain.

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ESA and GSOA collaborate on 5G/6G ecosystem

06 February 2024

The Global Satellite Operators Association (GSOA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) that marks a significant milestone in their collaborative efforts to cooperate in the areas of space-based 5G & 6G ecosystem, innovation of 5G & 6G networks, and the integration of satellite and terrestrial networks and technologies.

The MOI, signed by Isabelle Mauro, director general at GSOA, and Francisco-Javier Benedicto Ruiz, acting director of connectivity & secure communications at ESA, solidifies the commitment of both organizations to work closely together in the pursuit of their shared goals in this area.

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