Internet of things (IoT) solutions provider Quectel and non-terrestrial network (NTN) operator Skylo have announced a partnership focused on connecting anything, anywhere, to enable seamless satellite connections across all devices using Quectel’s 5G-ready BG95x/BG77x series of LPWA modules. Quectel’s modules will be the first to support satellite NTN, bringing seamless connectivity to devices, sensors, machines and more for an improved customer experience.
Quectel NTN-ready modules (running the latest Rel-17 NTN firmware) will not require customers to make any changes to the way they design their hardware. Any device, sensor, or machine can be upgraded to support satellite connectivity. This means that consumer and enterprise customers worldwide will be able to connect via cellular or satellite without having to manually toggle between the two or require a separate device.
Skylo’s network allows compatible cellular devices to seamlessly switch between cellular and satellite, resulting in ubiquitous coverage with no gaps in connectivity and no need for any special or extra antenna. Skylo operates its own 3GPP standards-based NTN RAN and Core and is installed in existing ground stations that allow for large geographic coverage supported by geostationary satellite networks, enabling quick expansion into new areas or regions and no need to wait for new constellations.