ESA Collaborating with European space industry to harness 5G opportunities
The European Space Agency (ESA) is working with European satellite makers and operators to harness the opportunities presented to the space industry by the development of 5G mobile networks.
ESA and 16 satellite industry leaders has signed a joint statement on their collaboration over ‘Satellite for 5G’ at the Paris Air and Space Show.
ESA and the European space industry are joining forces to develop and demonstrate the added value that satellite brings in the context of 5G.
As part of an ESA ‘Satellite for 5G’ initiative foreseen over 2018-20 and beyond, ESA and the European 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;
– transversal activities in the areas of applications development, standardisation, resource management aspects, interoperability demonstration campaigns, and supporting technologies;
– outreach activities.
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 (EC) on 5G and will seek complementarity with other European, national and international initiatives. The joint statement signed today advocates further convergence between European industry and institutions on 5G, which will also be reiterated at the ESA/European Space Policy Institute conference on ‘Space and Satcom for 5G: European Transport and Connected Mobility’, 27-28 June 2017.
The joint statement was signed by Magali Vaissiere, ESA Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, and representatives from 16 satellite operators, service providers and manufacturers. The signing took place at the international Paris Air and Space Show in the presence of ESA Director General Jan Woerner.
“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. ESA is going to define a framework supporting industrial action and further strengthening and coordinating institutional support in Europe and in particular with the EC,” commented Mrs Vaissiere.