The European Space Agency and 16 of the top satellite industry players in Europe have joined hands to work on ‘Satellite for 5G’.
The announcement was made at the Paris Air and Space Show during which it was also revealed that ESA and the European space industry will work together on a number of things including 5G service trials including satellite capabilities, transversal activities in the areas of applications development, standardisation, resource management aspects, interoperability demonstration campaigns, and supporting technologies; and outreach activities.
ESA says that the collaboration with the leaders of European space industry is a step in line with 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 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.
“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,” said Magali Vaissiere, ESA Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications.