Intelsat SA (NYSE:I) acknowledges that the network connectivity space is increasingly becoming interdependent. This is to say that both satellite and terrestrial networks are working together to give users the best experience. Therefore, joining the global mobile handset outfit, GSMA, is evidence that the satellite-based company supports satellite and terrestrial cooperation.
Intelsat to facilitate the rolling out of 5G
Interestingly, Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA) is a trade body that represents commercial interests of players in the mobile handset industry. As of this year, the outfit comprises over 350 mobile device manufacturers and other vital players like software companies and so on. As such, this is a powerful organization that only grows ever more powerful as mobile devices continue to take over global operations.
Notably, Intelsat gave as a reason for joining GSMA that it seeks to facilitate the advancement of connectivity. In particular, this is in the line of the technology that makes connectivity fast and reliable. According to the firm, it intends to “further strengthen the integration of satellite and terrestrial technologies and advance 5G deployments.”
5G might take some time to actually “arrive.”
Interestingly, as technologies such the internet of things (IoT) and machine learning gain traction, demand for 5G connection intensifies. To achieve the goal for a 5G network, there must exist a good relationship between both terrestrial and satellite stakeholders. This is because that kind of connection calls for a hybrid of terrestrial and satellite networks.
“Incorporating the strengths of different technologies under one seamless network will accelerate the development of the 5G network architecture,” Intelsat said in a statement.
Interestingly, 5G is the latest buzzword especially at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Notably, many exhibitors are making devices that rely on the network for optimal operations. As such, it is evident that this is the network connection of the future. However, it seems we are still far away from a truly working 5G network as some knowledgeable observers noted that the CES 2019 event was not convincing concerning the viability of the network today.