Technology giant Amazon has plans to launch to launch thousands of satellites to deliver a space-based internet, while Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched 60 satellites into orbit for its Starlink network in May.
Sweden’s Ericsson is following development closely but has no plans to enter the race. “Launching satellites is not part of Ericsson’s core business,” says the company’s research director, Magnus Frodigh, who describes the technology as a complement, rather than a strong challenger to traditional systems.
The company is instead focusing on harmonisation standards, so that Ericsson's 5G software can be adopted in the technology.
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