What You Need to Know About Integrating 5G and Satellite

The new cellular standard, 5G potentially provides blazing-fast mobile broadband speeds, exponentially higher efficiencies, massive scalability and significantly lower cost for mobile and fixed networks, along with ultralow latency to enable new applications like Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of Things (IoT). However, unleashing 5G’s full potential is only possible if it’s successfully integrated with satellite. At its higher frequency, above 24GHz which is commonly known as millimeter wave, 5G travels at very high speeds but only over short distances. This means a great number of 5G base stations, or gNBs, are required, but this comes at an enormous cost. Satellite provides an affordable solution, easily extending connectivity to gNBs and even to user devices in remote, rural, low-density locations beyond the reach of terrestrial networks. With our mandate to bring the Network of Networks to life, we play an active role in validating new 5G satellite applications and by creating new management tools that can power 5G systems.This white paper shares insights to help Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and our clients better prepare for tomorrow’s challenges, covering the 5G rollout and networking challenges that Isotropic’s hybrid satellite-terrestrial networking can address.

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