Lockheed Martin, Omnispace team on space-based 5G global network

March 29, 2021 // By Rich Pell
Lockheed Martin, Omnispace team on space-based 5G global network
Aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin and satellite start-up Omnispace have announced that they have entered into a strategic interest agreement to explore jointly developing 5G capability from space.

The proposed global 5G standards-based non-terrestrial network (NTN) would offer commercial, enterprise, and government devices ubiquitous communications worldwide. This type of network, say the companies, has the potential to redefine mobile communications, benefiting users requiring true mobility, regardless of environment or location.

Omnispace says its vision is 'one global network' that will combine the reach of a non-geostationary orbit satellite constellation with the capacity of the world's leading mobile wireless carrier networks. This 5G NTN will leverage the company's priority 2-GHz S-band spectrum rights and employ 3GPP standards to enable direct-to-device connectivity and interoperability. In collaboration with Lockheed Martin, this hybrid 5G network would provide the coverage and capacity to support essential applications requiring seamless, reliable, global communications.

"Omnispace is fully committed to the vision of creating a new global communications platform that powers 5G connectivity directly to mobile devices from space," says Ram Viswanathan, president and CEO for Omnispace. "We welcome Lockheed Martin's holistic approach to complex systems and deep expertise in satellite technology and government markets, along with their commitment to creating innovative communication solutions."

Such seamless, global 5G connectivity has a wide range of civil and commercial applications, say the companies, and also brings the coverage and capacity to support defense, government and military use, including mobile joint all-domain interoperable communications.

Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space says, "We share a common vision with Omnispace of a space-based 5G global network that would enable users to seamlessly transition between satellite and terrestrial networks - eliminating the need for multiple devices on multiple networks. Ultimately, it's about empowering end users with low latency connections that work anywhere. This step forward has the potential to upend space-based mobility."

This global 5G from space solution, say the companies, would be the first truly dual-use 5G platform for commercial and government missions.

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