Omnispace Collaborates with MTN to Develop a Satellite IoT and 5G NTN Services

In a news report, Omnispace announced a collaboration with Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN), Africa’s largest mobile network operator, to explore using S-band for satellite services to expand MTN’s portfolio of wireless services in their markets. This collaboration highlights Omnispace and MTN’s shared dedication to creating affordable global connectivity solutions that go beyond traditional cellular and land-based networks. 

Together, they will investigate integrating MTN’s terrestrial mobile networks with Omnispace’s non-terrestrial (NTN) network, utilising 3GPP standards to provide mobile services for consumers and enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) applications. In addition, the partners will explore opportunities for collaboration in fostering the development and expansion of a diverse ecosystem of devices and software.

According to Am Viswanathan, CEO of Omnispace, “This collaborative effort would offer access to secure, cost-effective, ubiquitous 5G mobile connectivity by seamlessly integrating our respective satellite and terrestrial networks. Omnispace is pleased to work with MTN to deliver this first-of-its-kind, 3GPP standards-based solution to add non-terrestrial network connectivity to a large ecosystem of compatible devices, products, and applications.”

“Through this collaboration, we aim to methodically extend the reach of our services, understanding the profound role connectivity plays in shaping societies and supporting growth. Our partnership with Omnispace is a strategic step towards ensuring consistent, reliable access to our network, contributing to the foundational infrastructure that supports a digitally inclusive future, enabling the benefits of modern connected life for all,” said Mazen Mroué, MTN Group Chief Technology and Information Officer. 

Under the agreement, Omnispace will construct a cutting-edge mobile and IoT network based on next-generation standards, tailored to cater to MTN’s markets. Meanwhile, the companies will collaborate to assess current technology, validate capabilities, and explore potential applications by leveraging Omnispace’s satellites already in orbit.