Satellite IoT startup OQ Technology is setting up a European 5G Satellite Test Centre in Luxembourg, having been granted an experimental license for 5G frequencies.
The company is developing a satellite network for the Internet of Things (IoT) based on proprietary basestation software and last year applied for terrestrial and satellite spectrum for 5G services. The license specifies access to three distinct frequency bands, two for mobile satellite frequency bands and band used for terrestrial mobile services.
The company plans a network of 60 satellites in low earth orbit (LEO), with the first, Tiger 2, launched in June 2021. These will work with partner geostationary satellites to provide complete global coverage. The centre in Leudelange will perform live satellite tests of OQ Technology’s user terminals and payload and optimize the scheduling mechanism aboard the satellite as well as testing the NB-IoT software stack under the 3GPP Release 13 specification.
The centre will also test different chipsets, hardware, and antennas that OQ sees being part of user terminals. The company has already developed a battery-powered hybrid programmable Satellite-Cellular terminal with pre-paid data packages via multiple SIMs for remotely monitoring and controlling fixed and mobile assets across transportation, oil and gas, utilities, maritime and agriculture. The terminal supports GSM/LTE-M/NB-IoT and Satellite link both in uplink and downlink and can connect up to 1000 sensors using multiple I/Os.
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The OQ test centre will accelerate market access by performing all required in-orbit validation and product development in Luxembourg with all targeted frequencies rather than travelling to each part of the world to perform live tests.
“This will give us the upper hand in our product development and market access efforts, we are also looking to use our suppliers and subcontractors products integrated in OQ