Ligado Selects Sony Semiconductor Israel For IoT Mobile Satellite Network Chips

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Ligado Networks has chosen Sony Semiconductor Israel to develop chipsets for its 5G mobile satellite network for IoT applications. Sony has agreed to produce Internet of Things (IoT) chipsets that are compatible with Ligado’s L-band mobile satellite system (MSS) spectrum. For non-terrestrial networks, 3GPP has designated this spectrum as Band 255. Sony stated that in order to adapt 5G IoT technology to Ligado’s spectrum, it will rely on extensive design efforts and standards coordination. The addition of satellite connectivity to Sony’s 5G IoT chipsets will improve “utility for critical communications customers and expand our market reach,” according to Sony.

“As a leader in developing IoT standards for mobile satellite networks, we are excited to work with Sony to advance new capabilities and serve the growing market for 5G mobile satellite connectivity anywhere in the U.S. and across North America,” said Sachin Chhibber, Ligado CTO. “This satellite capability will also support our 5G mobile private network solution by enabling ubiquitous coverage and reliability, which are essential for critical infrastructure enterprises as they modernize operations.”

Ligado is developing a 5G satellite IoT network that will connect millions of devices across North America for applications such as wide-area vehicle diagnostics, environmental monitoring, smart metering, and critical messaging. Ligado and Sony stated that the work will be completed in stages, with the goal of conducting initial technology trials by the end of the year. The companies announced the agreement on June 1 but did not provide financial details. Ligado previously selected Mavenir as its base station development partner, and it has separate agreements with Nokia and Rakuten to collaborate on private networks.