Spain approves Sateliot for 5G from space
September 22, 2021
By Chris Forrester
Barcelona-based Sateliot has gained a provisional authorisation from the Spanish Government, through the country’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation (Mineco), needed to start its 5G Internet of Things (IoT) services.
Sateliot is the satellite operator that will launch a constellation of nanosatellites to universalise the IoT with 5G coverage.
The operator is working with its partner Alen Space with which it has developed the satellite payload, or the Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC), with whom it will work on different use cases, as well as with other strategic organisations that join the R&D project.
The results of these technical tests over the next few months will provide Sateliot with very useful information ahead of introducing a commercial service in 2023.
After obtaining the provisional authorisation from the Spanish ministry, the company has already initiated steps to obtain the relevant licences in the US, France and Brazil, as the first steps for the execution of tests and demonstration of use cases at a global level.
According to Jaume Sanpera, CEO of Sateliot, “the authorisation we have received from the Ministry allows our project to start the testing phase, which will begin to materialise in the coming weeks in Spain and will be extended to the rest of the world in the coming months to reach its full development and commercial operation in 2023.”