OQ Technology addresses IoT satellite market in Brazil

  • May 19, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

OQ Technology, a Luxembourg-based satellite 5G IoT company, has partnered with Neo Things IoT to address the satellite IoT market in Brazil, especially in the agritech field.

OQ Technology is expected to launch its commercial service satellites soon and is working with global partners to facilitate the service provision globally.

Neo Things IoT is pushing forward diversified IoT projects in Brazil, together with Brazilian stakeholders. Through the expertise of its members and recent partnerships, the company is positioned to provide IoT services for the agriculture market, including satellite communication for the IoT sector.

The partnership extends over two years and involves channelling the service and user terminals to end users, performing roadshow and service trials, and closing commercial deals. In addition, Neo Things IoT will work with OQ Tech on technical enhancements of the user terminals.

As OQ Tech is about to release what it says is the world’s’ first satellite 5G non-terrestrial-network (NTN) user terminal, its customers are already ordering the terminals and customising the interfaces and applications to their industries.

Especially in the agriculture sector, Neo Things IoT and OQ Technology are working closely to address the needs of Brazilian users. The service and roadshow are expected to start in summer this year as both companies work in achieving regulatory milestones.

Brazil gets more than 20% of its GDP from agribusiness. It is the fifth largest country in population and total area, with 200 million people and 851 million hectares, respectively.

The country has a number of climatic conditions in favour of livestock and agricultural production. However, Brazil still has a large proportion of underused lands with a high fertility rate due to the lack of connectivity. Satellite 5G IoT combined with agritech is an opportunity to solve the problems faced by farmers and food production companies to accelerate and scale the use of land.

“We are very pleased with this strategic partnership,” said Omar Qaise, CEO of OQ Technology. “Brazil is a big market for us and it is our first country to get our service rolled out in South America. As part of our global reach programme, we appreciate working with innovative local partners to work with us side by side to bring the benefits of satellite 5G IoT service to under connected areas. Neo Things IoT will be one of the first companies to work with us on testing, certifying and selling our worlds’ first 5G NTN IoT user terminal. We are very happy to work with them, just as we do with our other local partners all over the world.”

Diego Cabral, CEO of Neo Things IoT, added: “Neo Things IoT aims to become trendsetters in the development and implementation of IoT projects in Brazil, in established markets in Europe and potential growing markets in the Middle East and Africa. We are proud to provide such support for an innovative company like OQ Tech and we will ensure to develop their products and projects to the highest standards. This partnership represents a great deal in the industry and specially in the Brazilian market, as the outcome may improve different sectors of the country’s economy and provide growth to national and international companies and entrepreneurs already settled in Brazil and Mercorsur.”

OQ Technology is a satellite 5G IoT operator that provides global cellular IoT and M2M communications through satellites. The company has implemented and demonstrated NB-IoT connectivity over low Earth orbit satellites and is deploying a global constellation to provide 5G IoT telecommunication services for mobile operators and customers in industries such as energy, mining, logistics, maritime, agriculture and defence.

The company’s patented technology can be embedded in existing 5G chips allows billions of users around the world to have ubiquitous IoT connectivity anywhere using both terrestrial and satellite networks.

Neo Things IoT uses LoRa, LoRaWan, NB-IoT, Zigbee, wifi, 4G and 5G technologies to implement IoT.