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Hispasat Joins 3GPP to Work on 5G Satellite Integration

By Annamarie Nyirady | July 22, 2020
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Hispasat global headquarters in Arganda del Rey, Spain. Photo: Hispasat

Hispasat joined the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) — a global association that develops standards for mobile communications —  to work on the integration of satellites into the developing 5G ecosystem. The 3GPP has developed multiple mobile standards from 3G, to 4G, and now 5G.

The 3GPP unites seven telecommunications standard development organizations from Asia, Europe, and North America: The Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB), The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), China Communications Standards Association (CCSA), The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), Telecommunications Standards Development Society (TSDI), Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA), and the Telecommunication Technology Committee (TTC).

“We have to ensure that every 5G application is working on the most appropriate technological platform in terms of technical requirements and cost efficiency for each situation. Otherwise, it would cause an unnecessary increase in financial resources and in the complexity of the architecture”, said José Luis Serrano, head of innovation at Hispasat. “In the satellite sector we have been working for years on various fronts to offer an optimal solution for any user at any location. Fully integrating satellites into the 5G ecosystem is already one of our main lines of innovation, and we believe that it will be key for 5G technology to achieve its objectives”, Serrano concludes.