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Telcos back three new initiatives to extend 5G with satellite and HAPS

Terrestrial networks are increasingly overlapping with satellite systems as 5G evolves towards being a multi-access environment in which the two can complement each other to achieve ubiquitous coverage for human or IoT services. The two industries may be quarrelling over C-Band spectrum (see separate item), but three new initiatives highlight the bigger picture of convergence. In the first, Orange became one of the first telcos to adopt O3b mPower, a next generation medium earth orbit (MEO) offering from SES Network. This will support  consumer and business services for remote areas in many of Orange’s African subsidiaries, stating with the Central African Republic. Jean-Luc Vuillemin, EVP of infrastructure and services at Orange International Networks, said: “This long-standing partnership fully aligns with…

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