OQ and DT partner on mobile satellite connectivity

  • March 6, 2024
  • Steve Rogerson

Deutsche Telekom IoT in collaboration with OQ Technology will offer a converged mobile satellite connectivity service, providing global IoT network coverage.

OQ is a fast-growing 5G NTN IoT LEO satellite operator.

Deutsche Telekom offers global 5G roaming, enabling NB-IoT deployment worldwide. This collaboration empowers businesses with reliable IoT services, even in previously inaccessible areas.

OQ’s satellite network integrates seamlessly with Deutsche Telekom’s IoT hub layer and core network. The partnership aims to develop a hybrid terrestrial plus non-terrestrial network (NTN) combination for users on compatible devices.

The service data are transmitted securely to users, requiring only an IoT connectivity contract with DT IoT. OQ Technology has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Deutsche Telekom IoT (iot.telekom.com), which it says ushers in an era of global IoT satellite connectivity.

Omar Qaise, CEO of OQ Technology, said: “With our ten satellites in orbit and more to be launched we will extend DT IoT’s offering of low latency and large capacity communication using our 3GPP-standard based low Earth orbit satellite constellation.”

Satellite connectivity unlocks IoT applications in areas where terrestrial networks face limitations. This includes connecting stationary IoT devices such as agriculture sensors in remote areas and facilitating IoT applications across the world’s oceans.

OQ Technology (www.oqtec.com) is a 5G NTN IoT LEO satellite operator. The company has deployed NB-IoT connectivity via LEO satellites and is establishing a global constellation catering to mobile operators and clients in sectors such as energy, mining, logistics, maritime and agriculture. The company’s patented technology leverages the use of standardised 3GPP technology, connecting billions of users globally and using both terrestrial and satellite networks.