The European Space Agency (ESA) went on with a proposal to extend its UK centre intended to support the development of 5G and 6G technologies, with the international organization aiming for further industrial partnerships.

The ESA noted cooperation from the UK Space Agency in a statement and emphasized the signing of a contract with specialized IT system supplier CGI to offer additional facilities for its expanded center.

The facility, which started in 2022, offers space for outside parties to test out satellite-based connection services, including how this technology may be incorporated into mobile operator services.

Satellite communications providers OneWeb and Etisalat as well as Vodafone UK are among the industry participants working on the project.

The extension is expected to expand the hub's physical dedicated network footprint, support the creation of improved satellite services, edge computing, multi-network and multi-orbit orchestration, and simplify the usage of connection systems.

Moving forward, the project's team also plans to analyze how the architecture will affect the environment.

Collaboration "is key to telecommunications innovation," according to Antonio Franchi, head of ESA's 5G-6G programme, and this initiative "will consolidate the hub's position as a focal point for the establishment of new partnerships, both within Europe and globally."

The operator will be able to "open up exciting new possibilities for connectivity across the world" if "the interoperability between 5G networks on Earth and satellite networks in space" is confirmed, according to Vodafone UK Business Director Nick Gliddon.

6G Technology

The sixth generation mobile system standard, or 6G, is a term used in the telecommunications industry to describe wireless technology enabling cellular data networks. It is the anticipated replacement for 5G and will probably be more faster. Similar to its forerunners, 6G networks are likely to be broadband cellular networks in which the service area has been divided into discrete regions known as cells.

With support for applications such as augmented and virtual reality (VR/AR), ubiquitous instant messaging, pervasive intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT), 6G networks are predicted to be even more diversified than their predecessors. With local spectrum licensing, spectrum sharing, infrastructure sharing, and intelligent automated management supported by mobile edge computing, artificial intelligence (AI), short-packet communication, and blockchain technologies, it is anticipated that mobile network operators will adopt adaptable decentralized business models for 6G.

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5G Technology

The goal of 5G wireless technology is to provide more users with faster multi-Gbps peak data rates, extremely low latency, enhanced dependability, vast network capacity, and a more consistent user experience. New user experiences are enabled by increased performance and efficiency, which also links new industries.

With peak data speeds of up to 20 gigabits per second (Gbps) and average data rates exceeding 100 megabits per second (Mbps), 5G is able to offer data rates that are much quicker than those of 4G. A expected 100-fold improvement in network capacity and efficiency is another feature of 5G networks, which are intended to offer much more capacity than 4G networks.

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