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GSOA and ESA Look to a 5G/6G Future

By Mark Holmes | February 6, 2024

GSOA and ESA announce agreement to collaborate on 5G and 6G.

The Global Satellite Operators Association (GSOA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) are looking to collaborate further as they aim to ensure satellite’s role in future 5G and 6G networks. They have signed a memorandum of intent (MOI) in the areas of space-based 5G and 6G ecosystems, innovation of 5G and 6G networks, and the integration of satellite and terrestrial networks and technologies. The two organizations announced the collaboration on Feb. 6.

The hope is that this MOI will symbolize the start of an exciting journey towards the integration of satellite and terrestrial networks and technologies, reflecting a united effort to shape the future of increased inclusive and sustainable connectivity and telecommunications on a global scale. This strategic partnership between GSOA and ESA aims to bring the mobile and the satellite communities closer together, to accelerate the innovation in the integration of satellites in 5G and 6G networks.

“GSOA actively engages in the dynamic ecosystem of non-terrestrial and terrestrial integration. This powerful synergy, by unlocking the full potential of both satellite and terrestrial telecommunications, not only enables to advance technology, but also ensures that it connects everyone, everywhere, shaping the future of connectivity, and working towards resolving the digital divide. By fostering collaboration and embracing innovation, we envision a future where every individual, regardless of location, enjoys the benefits of a connected world,” Isabelle Mauro, director general at GSOA, said in a statement.