Anritsu Validates First NTN Protocol Conformance Tests Facilitating Satellite-based IoT Connectivity
In a significant development for the Internet of Things (IoT) industry, Anritsu Corporation, a global pioneer in telecommunications test and measurement equipment, has confirmed the validation of the world’s first Non-Terrestrial Network (NTN) protocol conformance tests for Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) on its 5G NR Mobile Device Test Platform ME7834NR. This monumental achievement, executed in collaboration with Sony Semiconductor Israel’s Altair device, signifies a crucial stride towards enabling satellite-based IoT connectivity, thus paving the path for seamless global asset tracking spanning industries like transportation, logistics, automotive, and mining.
Facilitating Industry Transformation
Kameda Keiji from Anritsu shed light on the potential of this innovation, underscoring the emergence of new use cases and monetization opportunities for numerous industry segments. Concurrently, Christophe Flechelle from Sony Semiconductor Israel stressed the urgency of establishing a certification program for NTN. This, he said, would expedite the integration of satellite technologies into tracking devices and wearables, further enhancing the scope and efficiency of global asset management.
Test Companies Gear Up for CES
As the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) looms, test companies worldwide are gearing up to showcase their state-of-the-art automotive-related test solutions. Among them are Rohde & Schwarz and Keysight Technologies, both set to unveil their cutting-edge innovations to a global audience.
Fortive Acquires EA Elektro-Automatik
In related news, Fortive has finalized the acquisition of EA Elektro-Automatik, a company renowned for its specialization in electronic testing for electric vehicles, energy storage, and renewable energy. Fortive will elucidate the implications of this acquisition during its upcoming earnings call.
Simultaneously, SpaceX continues to bolster its satellite arsenal with the launch of additional Starlink satellites. Notably, some of these satellites boast direct-to-cellular capabilities. SpaceX has received the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval to test these capabilities in partnership with T-Mobile US in various locations, a move that further underlines the relentless convergence of space and communication technologies.