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GSOA and ESA to Foster 5G & 6G Space-Based Systems

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Ibadan, 7 February 2024. – The Global Satellite Operators Association (GSOA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Intent (MOI). The MOI, signed by Isabelle Mauro, Director General at GSOA, and Francisco-Javier Benedicto Ruiz, Acting Director of Connectivity & Secure Communications at ESA, solidifies the commitment of both organizations to work closely together in the pursuit of their shared goals in this area.

This strategic partnership between GSOA and ESA marks a significant milestone in their collaborative efforts to cooperate in the areas of space-based 5G & 6G ecosystem, innovation of 5G & 6G networks, and the integration of satellite and terrestrial networks and technologies.

Furthermore, the collaboration aims to bring the mobile and the satellite communities closer together to accelerate the innovation in the integration of satellites in 5G & 6G networks, leveraging the unique strengths and expertise each entity brings to the table. The MOI establishes a framework for cooperation to foster innovation, knowledge exchange, and mutual support.

Speaking on the partnership, Isabelle Mauro said, “GSOA actively engages in the dynamic ecosystem of non-terrestrial and terrestrial integration. This powerful synergy, by unlocking the full potential of both satellite and terrestrial telecommunications, not only enables GSOA to advance technology but also ensures that it connects everyone, everywhere, shaping the future of connectivity and working towards resolving the digital divide.” The DG also added, “by fostering collaboration and embracing innovation, we envision a future where every individual, regardless of location, enjoys the benefits of a connected world.”

Likewise, Francisco-Javier Benedicto Ruiz added, “We are looking forward to working closer with GSOA on a series of joint initiatives and using our collective expertise to unlock the full potential of 5G and 6G technology.”

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