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Fibocom launches non-terrestrial networks module

Fibocom recently announced its new Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) module MA510-GL (NTN) at MWC Shanghai 2023.

The company, which provides IoT (Internet of Things) wireless solutions and wireless communication modules, said the solution is compliant with the 3GPP Release 17 standard Qualcomm® 9205S modem empowered module MA510-GL (NTN). It can also exploit the highly resilient GEO (Geostationary Earth Orbit) satellite communication and cellular connectivity to IoT scenarios such as maritime transportation, emergency communication and scientific research in rural areas.

“Expanding the network coverage in the non-terrestrial and terrestrial by utilizing the cellular and NTN communication technology is a significant milestone in deploying the IoT applications even to the most unreachable areas on earth,” Jason Zhu, general manager of MTC Product Management BU, Fibocom, said in a statement. “We are optimistic to offer a reliable, high-resilient NTN solution to customers worldwide by launching the NTN module MA510-GL (NTN).”

Cellular connectivity covers approximately 15 percent of the globe, along with the rollout of cellular infrastructure in terrestrial. As the implementation continues to develop, combining reliable and robust satellite communication technology with the use of cellular networks can help improve network reliability and coverage on land, on water and in the air. Driven by the increased market demand from enterprises, airlines and telecommunication service providers, integrating cellular and satellite communication is becoming more important for IoT industries.

The Fibocom MA510-GL (NTN) is a high-performance NTN module, which the company said is “tailor-made” for the global IoT market. It was developed on the Qualcomm® 9205S modem and supports GEO satellite communication as well as LTE Cat M/NB2/EGPRS cellular communication that is perfectly applied for massive IoT applications.

The solution also integrates multiple interfaces for industrial customers. Built-in with GNSS and equipped with eDRX capability, the module works with IoT applications with low power consumption and ultra-small size, such as maritime transportation, emergency communication, and scientific research in remote areas while maintaining long battery life.

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