A study by VTT on the use of satellites in providing mission critical services

Erillisverkot asked the technical research centre of Finland (VTT) to study how different satellite solutions could be utilised in providing mission critical services. According to the study there are several promising possibilities but still many technical and economical challenges to be solved.

Erillisverkot
asked the technical research centre of Finland (VTT) to study how different
satellite solutions could be utilised in providing mission critical services,
e.g. in future development stages of the mobile broadband Virve service. VTT
conducted the study based on public sources and end user interviews in Finland to
understand the customer needs.

According
to the study, the 3GPP standards today support both satellite and terrestrial
mobile communications making seamless cooperation between these technologies
possible. Traditionally, the needs of critical communications have been too
demanding for satellite communications. This is expected to change in the
future when satellite constellations become more commonplace supported by new
business opportunities.

“Public
safety alone cannot implement 5G satellite constellations, but would be
interested in using them if mission critical communication needs can be
supported” concludes Antti Kauppinen from Erillisverkot. Erillisverkot is
closely monitoring the development of satellite solutions. At the moment there
are still many technical and economic challenges to be solved before satellites
can become a part of a mission critical service offering.

For more
information contact

Antti
Kauppinen, Head of unit, Erillisverkot

antti.kauppinen@erillisverkot.fi

You can
download the study here

VTT has
recently published a vision for 5G and beyond satellite connectivity in cooperation with the European
Space Agency and two German research organisations.