GSMA and ESA partner on 6G

18 July 2023

The GSMA has made a deal the European Space Agency (ESA) to collaborate on developing new satellite and terrestrial network technologies, with the aim of enabling better integration with 5G and future 6G systems.

A Memorandum of Intent (MoI) signed by the pair focuses on strengthening the competitiveness of the mobile and satellite network industries by creating an ecosystem which can fast-track development of new complimentary technologies for business and customers.

The teams aim to collaborate by sharing knowledge, ideas, and outcomes of trials. Key to the partnership will be the GSMA Foundry innovation accelerator, an initiative that brings together mobile operators and the wider technology industry, helping members ‘forge the digital future by rapidly developing real-world solutions to industry challenges.’

The GSMA Foundry will work with the ESA’s 5G/6G Hub, based at the organisation’s European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications in Oxford, which brings together the space industry on new innovative programmes.

GSMA Intelligence will contribute research and insights as part of the collaboration. Its recent findings showed increased adoption and integration of satellite technologies by the communications industry could lead to potential revenue gains of $35 billion by 2035.