Military Embedded Systems

5G satellite capability demonstrated by Omnispace with U.S. Navy and Marine Corps


March 15, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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TYSONS, Va. Omnispace, company specializing in mobile communications by building a global hybrid network, has announced the demonstration of 5G satellite capability with the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), along with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Omnispace was selected by NSIN in 2020 to pilot its technology in connection with Verizon's new 5G "Living Lab."

Omnispace tested an initial 5G-via-satellite capability in a LinQuest lab demonstration for the Navy and Marine Corps. A number of commercial-off-the-shelf 5G devices communicated voice and data services via an emulated 5G radio access network (RAN), to Omnispace's on-orbit satellite, leveraging LinQuest Corporation's lab facility in Northern Virginia.

According to the company, Omnispace is continuing the development of a global hybrid 5G communications network based on 3GPP standards, which is intended to ensure security and interoperability of devices all over the world for an array of enterprise and government customers. 

Officials claim that the company plans to make its direct-to-satellite 5G NTN connectivity solutions available through its 'one global network,' which will utilize the company's existing 2 GHz priority spectrum rights. Initial elements of the Omnispace network will enter into service in 2022.

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