In 2015, EchoStar Mobile established itself as a pioneer in satellite communication technology, with its S-band frequencies already included in the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (“3GPP”). This industry-recognised partnership, uniting telecommunications and establishing a global standard, incorporated EchoStar Mobile in Band Class 65 for satellite and terrestrial communications.
Today, EchoStar Mobile remains an industry innovator. Our S-band mobile satellite service and complementary ground component form a critical part of the emerging 5G ecosystem, delivering the latest wireless services throughout Europe.
EchoStar Mobile continues to build on this success in 3GPP, ensuring the inclusion of Band 65 in the 5G NR (“NR65”) operating bands. We are also establishing NTN (non-terrestrial networks) as part of the upcoming 5G 3GPP release 17, which is due for completion in H1 2022.
These advances will enable EchoStar Mobile to implement Band 65 NR air-interface fully and deploy a converged S-band satellite and terrestrial end-to-end network, supporting a much more comprehensive range of 5G services.