- Satellite data communications services provider Avanti Communications has announced the signature of the Satellite and Terrestrial Network for 5G (SaT5G) project.

The project will research, develop and validate key technologies required to enable the plug-and-play integration of satellite communications into 5G networks.

The project will trial and assess these through live testbed demonstrations across Europe. Avanti is project coordinator for the consortium which consists of 16 partners including Thales Alenia Space France, University of Surrey, SES, Airbus Defence and Space, OneAccess, TNO (Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek), British Telecommunications, Zodiac Inflight Innovations, Broadpeak, Gilat Satellite Networks, VT iDirect, imec , i2CAT Foundation, University of Oulu and Quortus.

Avanti said the project would also see participation from mobile network operators, SMEs and research centres with expertise in cellular network operation, architecture design, network management, business modelling, security, content multicast and caching.

Avanti said the 30-month project would begin this month and was funded by the European Commission under the 5G PPP Phase 2 of the Horizon 2020 programme for Research & Innovation. Avanti said the goal of the project was to deliver the seamless, and economically viable, integration of satellite into 5G networks to ensure ubiquitous 5G access everywhere.

Chief executive David Williams said: "Avanti already leads the world in mission critical 4G satellite backhaul through its $29m contract with EE for the Emergency Services Network.

"We are proud to be leading the SaT5G project, with great players in the industry, to ensure the integration of satellite communications effectively into the future 5G architecture.

"Satellite communication systems will support the ubiquity, resilience and efficiency of 5G services; and open markets by offering exciting new business opportunities in media distribution, transport and underserved areas.

"5G is the future and we are pleased to be making progress to ensure Avanti is 5G ready."

At 8:13am: [LON:AVN] Avanti Communications Group PLC share price was +0.15p at 9.64p

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