EvoNexus Company, Sateliot, Joins Project to Bring Rural Broadband Connectivity Out of the Ether
Provider of satellite constellation offering standard 5G IoT connectivity from space becomes member of European consortium looking to create a telecom network, bringing connectivity to 25 million people in rural areas.
Computer Weekly / July 18th, 2023 / Space-based 5G internet of things (IoT) satellite constellation firm Sateliot is joining the Self-Evolving Terrestrial/Non-Terrestrial Hybrid Networks (Ether) consortium, a $3.5m project backed by the European Commission to develop offerings for what it said is a “ground-breaking, cutting-edge” telecommunications network.
Powered by rapidly emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, the Ether project aims to provide the necessary framework for a 6G terrestrial/non-terrestrial network ecosystem, which also involves an AI and machine learning efficient zero-touch base, to build a “network of networks” by using functioning and projected telecommunication networks in earth, air and space.
Ether is funded by the Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU), which, under the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme, aims to ensure industrial leadership for Europe in 5G and 6G.
The SNS JU is jointly funded by private industry and the EU, and it boasts a €1.8bn budget for the 2021-27 period. An EU contribution of €900m will be, at the very least, matched by the private members. The SNS JU provides financial support in the form of R&I grants to participants following open and competitive calls.
This framework will be used as a baseline for the future of telecommunications, benefitting rural, unconnected areas all over the world. The consortium estimates that 15% of the planet doesn’t have cellular connectivity, and so industries such as agriculture, logistics, maritime transportation and others will particularly benefit.
The AI-based framework used by Ether is projected to self-evolve the segmented management and orchestration of the integrated network. One of Ether’s project goals is to demonstrate the viability of the unified network of networks, identifying the key benefits that will drive investment in this integration of non-terrestrial with terrestrial networks.
In addition, Ether said that the unified networks, built up with terrestrial and space networks, along with the use of AI and machine learning, will become “the ultimate” tool to bring 5G and 6G connectivity to rural and uncovered areas.
As part of its role in the project, Sateliot will provide Ether with its nanosatellite constellation, setting a base for standardisation and interoperability between its network in space and the network in the ground through the implementation of a unified radio access network (RAN), and a 3D “network of networks”.
It also believes that Ether’s services will positively impact more than 25 million European citizens, who it said until now have remained marginalised from the opportunities internet access provides for social and economic prosperity.
“By entering the project, Sateliot is crossing a threshold, as we are marching in the frontline of network integration,” said Sateliot chief technology officer and co-founder Marco Guadalupi.
“Ether is an ambitious project for the magnitude of joining several networks and the use of AI and machine learning, whose effects on our society and the industry are more tangible today than ever before. We have already witnessed what developed AIs, like ChatGPT or Midjourney, are capable of doing at a user level.”
Sateliot was founded in Spain in 2018, with the purpose of connecting IoT devices directly from space. The Executive team brings a deep knowledge of the Telecom industry, as well as a strong track record of successful outcomes. Over the past four years, Sateliot has achieved disruptive advances in the industry.
Together with 3GPP, the Company is enabling, for the first time in history, IoT devices that work in a hybrid mode with the capability of communicating through both satellite and terrestrial networks in every single place on earth, utilizing the official 3GPP standard. Sateliot’s business development team has engaged more than 300 companies in the market from hardware producers to MNOs and MVNOs who are very in need of an extension of coverage at zero risk. However, these MNOs and MCNOs, lack the technical expertise necessary to create these changes in house, hence directly benefit from Sateliot’s product and value proposition. After a 10M€ Series A in Dec’21, Sateliot is looking towards a Series B. This additional funding with enable the company to deploy additional satellites into its low earth orbit constellation, further reducing latencies and increasing capacity for its customers. To learn more, visit sateliot.space.
EvoNexus is California’s leading nonprofit technology startup incubator located in San Diego. EvoNexus has successfully incubated over 260 startups with a survival rate of over 85%. Since the incubator’s formation in 2010, EvoNexus companies have secured over $1.6B in venture funding, $10B in pre-exit valuation, and had 50 acquisitions valued at over $2.1B. EvoNexus is supported by corporate partners, including some of the largest multinational corporations in the world. Learn more at evonexus.org.