OQ and Transatel collaborate on satellite IoT

  • May 7, 2024
  • Steve Rogerson

European firms OQ Technology and Transatel are collaborating to achieve global satellite 5G IoT connectivity.

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

This partnership aims to develop a hybrid terrestrial plus non-terrestrial network (NTN) combination for users on compatible devices using common roaming capability and to discover common business opportunities and use cases by both parties.

“Since our inception, Transatel has always pushed the boundaries of cellular connectivity,” said Jacques Bonifay, CEO of Transatel. “Adding OQ Technology’s non-terrestrial network to our platform is a logical evolution to offer our clients true worldwide coverage to support their global IoT and IoV deployments.”

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

Transatel (www.transatel.com), an NTT company, is a global provider of cellular connectivity and an enabler of mobile virtual network operators, managing over 120 MVNOs on its own full core network. As a pioneer in M2M connectivity, Transatel simplifies worldwide IoT deployments by offering a single integration to its connectivity management platform. Leveraging agreements with more than 250 international mobile carriers and regional infrastructures, Transatel provides access to LTE-M, 3G, 4G and 5G networks.

Today, Transatel’s global eSIM securely connects millions of vehicles, and industrial and consumer devices to public and private cellular networks worldwide. Its clients include Airbus, BMW, Worldline, Stellantis and Jaguar Land Rover. Additionally, Transatel offers global cellular data connectivity for international travellers and distributed workforces through its Ubigi eSIM (www.ubigi.com).

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 standard 3GPP technology, connecting billions of users globally and using both terrestrial and satellite networks.