Fibocom unveils NTN module at MWC Shanghai

  • July 12, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

Fibocom unveiled a non-terrestrial networks (NTN) module at last month’s Mobile World Congress in Shanghai.

Compliant with 3GPP Release 17, the Qualcomm 9205S modem empowered MA510-GL NTN module can exploit highly resilient GEO satellite communication and cellular connectivity for IoT applications such as maritime transportation, emergency communication and scientific research in rural areas.

Roughly 15% of the globe is covered by cellular connectivity. While the implementation keeps developing, combining reliable and robust satellite communication technology to the use of cellular network is a way to improve network reliability and coverage on land, on water and in the air. Driven by the increased market demands from enterprises, airlines and telecommunication service providers, the integration of cellular and satellite communication is becoming more important for IoT industries.

The MA510-GL NTN is tailor-made for the global IoT market. Developed on the Qualcomm 9205S modem, the module supports GEO satellite communication as well as LTE Cat M, NB2 and EGPRS cellular communication that is applied for massive IoT applications.

Adopting LCC+LGA form factors, it integrates multiple interfaces such as uart, USB, I2C and I2S for industrial users. Built-in with GNSS and equipped with eDRX capability, the module is suitable for IoT applications with low power consumption and small size, such as maritime transportation, emergency communication and scientific research in remote areas, while maintaining long battery life.

“Expanding the network coverage in the non-terrestrial and terrestrial by utilising the cellular and NTN communication technology is a significant milestone in deploying the IoT applications even to the most unreachable areas on earth,” said Jason Zhu, general manager at Fibocom. “We are optimistic to offer a reliable, high-resilient NTN solution to customers worldwide by launching the NTN module MA510-GL NTN.”

Fibocom was the first wireless communication module provider listed on China A-shares stock market. It offers one stop for industrial users by integrating wireless communication modules, IoT and cloud service.

The firm’s product portfolio ranges from cellular (5G, 4G, 3G, 2G and LPWA), automotive-grade, AI, android-smart and GNSS modules as well as an antenna service. Covered industries include always connected PC, mobile broadband, smart retail, C-V2X, robotics, smart energy, industrial IoT, smart cities, smart agriculture, smart home and telemedicine.