AccelerComm launches LEOphy to enhance low-Earth orbit 5G satellites

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AccelerComm, specialists in Layer 1 5G IP, has unveiled LEOphy, a layer 1 modem that delivers enhanced performance for low-earth orbit satellite communications.

Power-efficient, this high phy solution has been developed to deliver maximum flexibility and reliability to enable more efficient 5G satellite communications and offers the lowest error rates while consuming less power than many competing products.

Consequently, it ensures a high-reliability link without having to resort to higher coding rates and low modulation schemes, and in the process maximise spectral efficiency, which is particularly important in satellites where channel capacity is highly constrained, compared to terrestrial networks.

Constellations of 5G satellites are being deployed to play a vital role in completing the technology and connectivity ecosystem needed for automation and IoT adoption, and are being used to address critical connectivity challenges, such as data speed and coverage limitations for several important applications such as remote sensing, video surveillance, UAVs and drones, geo-positioning, backhaul solutions, and general data connectivity.

“Traditionally satellites have not been well suited to delivering real-time communications applications due to low data-rates, costs and long latencies. The result being that they have only been suitable to serve specific niche applications,” said Rob Barnes, Chief Commercial Officer at AccelerComm. “However, the potential of new 5G applications has seen a revolution in thinking in this market. The use of AccelerComm technology now enables satellite networks to efficiently deliver high-quality and high-performance 5G services economically and on a global basis.”

AccelerComm has developed a portfolio of advanced channel coding solutions that contain unique technology to maximise spectral efficiency and reduce latency for Open RAN 5G communications systems supporting the next generation of services requiring ultra-reliable, low latency communications, such as VR/AR, industrial IoT, autonomous vehicles and drone control.