In a bid to support the increasing demand for 5G connectivity in the continent, NanoAvionics has announced establishing a strategic partnership with OQ Technology to develop, integrate, and operate a nanosatellite for their 5G IoT mission, Tiger-2, in the African region.
The 6U satellite stands out to be the second mission for NanoAvionics and OQ Technology and one of the latest additions to the latter’s expanding LEO constellation nanosatellites.
Apparently, this novel launch would allow OQ to generate huge revenues, while leveraging NanoAvionics’ fast satellite built-time in a few months owing to its automotive approach from speedy bus manufacturing to meet the deadlines.
Moreover, following the launch, OQ aims to robustly add two other missions to its constellation, followed by a batch of six satellites. In fact, through this mission, the firm is also looking forward to securing strategic frequency licenses and partnerships in key countries across Africa.
As per credible reports, as part of the Tiger-2 mission, NanoAvionics would incorporate two payloads into the modular spacecraft, wherein the primary payload would be used to offer satellite-based M2M and IoT services using low frequencies.
On the other hand, the secondary payload will potentially demonstrate the viability of using high bandwidths for 5G IoT radio links. In line with this, OQ Technology will be making use of Spectrum in mid-band 5G frequency bands to offer extensive coverage and 5G M2M/IoT communication, along with 3GPP recommendations.
Reports suggest that the companies’ hybrid system is anticipated to deliver seamless connectivity using 5G standards, terrestrial 5G chips and hardware for diverse IoT application for smart metering, agriculture and environmental monitoring, maritime, mining, defense, logistics, and aviation.
It would be essential to note that OQ Technology already holds copyrights in making use of narrowband cellular IoT in place of non-terrestrial networks and licensing its satellite frequencies worldwide.