The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has granted authorization to the Catalan company Sateliot to place a constellation of nanosatellites into orbit.

Negotiations with the main mobile telephony operators that offer their services in Spain (Telefónica, Vodafone and Orange) begin from now on to finalize the terms of the operations. But the possibilities for Sateliot do not end there, which is also authorized by the license granted by ITU to offer the services of its satellites to other companies in the rest of the world. In fact, Sateliot also maintains conversations with companies in the rest of Europe as well as with others in America, and Africa.

One hundred satellites by 2025

Initially, the constellation Sateliot will establish a network with 16 nanosatellites that will reach space in 2023 and another 96 that will be located in orbit in 2025. All this after a first launch with three pilot nanosatellites with which to carry out the tests preliminary, with the aim of having five hundred satellites offering service by now.

This proliferation of nanosatellites will be essential for the implementation of 5G and the Internet of Things, by exponentially multiplying both the connection speed and bandwidth as well as the number of devices connected to the Internet. This is where the technology of Satellite connection will allow the connection to reach remote or inaccessible areas where 5G coverage does not reach.

From Earth to orbit

Sateliot takes care of everything related to these nanosatellites: it designs, develops, takes them to orbit (with the launch of Russian Soyuz probes) and maintains them.

Each satellite put into orbit costs Sateliot a million dollars, having to pay the ITU between 25,000 and 50,000 euros per year per satellite as a license Thus Sataliot joins Hispasat, which until now was the only Spanish company in offering satellite communications service.