ESA strengthens 5G media market for satellite networks


June 21, 2022

Movie fans, gamers and future users of the metaverse will be able to experience high-quality videos, games and augmented reality live and uninterrupted from anywhere as satellites connect to next-generation 5G and 6G ground-based connectivity.

Today, ESA signed an agreement to work with the European Broadcasting Union – an alliance of public service media organizations – that will allow Europe to gain a leading role in the provision of media content as well as maintain its technical autonomy.

Next-generation 5G and 6G technology will provide high-speed, high-volume data connectivity to support the digital transformation of society by enabling new applications and services.

The media industry has quickly adopted 5G technologies, which offer ultra-high quality videos as well as extremely fast games with very low latency.

Telecommunication satellites will play a crucial role in ensuring the seamless and ubiquitous connectivity on which 5G and 6G networks rely.

Today’s agreement – called 5G Emerge – is a partnership between ESA and the European Union for broadcasting plus 20 companies from Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

Under the agreement, the partners will define, develop and validate an integrated satellite and terrestrial system based on open standards to effectively provide high quality content distribution services. The system will take advantage of the structural advantages of satellite infrastructures, combined with the flexibility of 5G and beyond 5G technologies to reach anyone and everywhere.

The agreement was signed between Antonio Archidiacono, Director of Technology and Innovation in the European Union for Broadcasting, Jean-Pierre Schoffy of SES, Matteo Ainardi of consultants Arthur D. Little and Elodie Viau, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications at ESA.

Antonio Archidiacono said: “Together we will build a solution that combines all satellite and terrestrial IP-based network infrastructures, ensuring sustainability and quality of service. It also ensures that the network will cover 100% of the population, wherever it is located. This is a critical requirement for public service media.

Elodie Viau said: “It is crucial for Europe to protect and strengthen its autonomy when it comes to media and communication infrastructure. The 5G-Emerge project will support the digital transformation of European society by enabling new applications and services.

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