LUXEMBOURG -- Intelsat S.A., operator of the world's first globalized networks and a provider of integrated satellite communications, joined GSMA, known for its representation of mobile operators worldwide, to further strengthen the integration of satellite and terrestrial technologies and advance 5G deployments.
Intelsat is now a full member of London-based GSMA. The association unites more than 750 operators with over 350 handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, plus organizations in adjacent industry sectors.
Satellites have a long-established record of complementing terrestrial mobile networks to pervasively, seamlessly and cost-effectively deliver connectivity in and around cities and remote or rural regions. With demand for broadband growing exponentially -- driven by consumers as well as by machine-to-machine and Internet of Things -- the development of fully integrated, hybrid satellite and terrestrial networks is essential to meet that demand efficiently and cost-effectively. Incorporating the strengths of different technologies under one seamless network will accelerate the development of the 5G network architecture. This will deliver enhanced connectivity to a world in constant motion and expand opportunities for the entire MNO ecosystem, a shared goal of Intelsat and the GSMA.
"As 5G comes to market, we must capitalize on the strengths of multiple delivery technologies to satiate the connectivity demands of businesses and communities around the world," said Jean-Philippe Gillet, vice president and general manager of Networks at Intelsat. "By joining GSMA, we will continue to forge new working relationships and develop business models that accelerate the expansion of more powerful mobile networks. We will collaborate even more closely with companies across the mobile ecosystem and build innovative partnerships that incorporate the complementary strengths of satellite and terrestrial technologies and create the hybrid networks that advance the cost-effective deployment of mobile connectivity around the world."
UK mobile operator will use its 5G spectrum to launch a fixed wireless access (FWA) service in London in August and plans to have that offer, plus mobile 5G services, in 25 UK cities by the end of this year.
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