Filtronic, a designer and manufacturer of RF, microwave, and mmWave products for the wireless telecoms, mission-critical communications and defence applications markets, has announced that it has joined the HAPS Alliance,

The Alliance is a non-profit association that was established to build a High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) ecosystem that will bring digital connectivity to global markets not usually served by traditional telecoms infrastructure..

As a member of the HAPS Alliance, Filtronic will collaborate with telecommunications, technology, aviation, and aerospace companies to accelerate commercial adoption, advocate for safety and regulatory standards, and help build a cooperative HAPS ecosystem. This cross-industry collaboration is designed to eliminate the ‘Digital Divide’, and accelerate the development and adoption of HAPS technology.

“Our passion for innovation and connectivity is driving us to explore new markets,” said Richard Gibbs, CEO of Filtronic. “We recognise HAPS as a core element within the converging terrestrial and non-terrestrial telecoms ecosystem moving forward. At Filtronic are excited to become a member and are enthusiastic about exploring the stratosphere as a viable solution to address the lack of broadband connectivity in developing countries.”

The HAPS Alliance members collaborate with other organisations to influence regulatory direction, while promoting the benefits of HAPS in the stratosphere. The HAPS Alliance working groups bring together industry leaders to develop product specifications and promote standardisation in the following ways:

  • Telecom: Advocate for global harmonisation of HAPS spectrum at ITU and national level; influence emerging commercial standards, including 3GPP non-terrestrial networks.
  • Aviation: Promote industry-managed cooperative separation in the upper airspace, including collaborative testing, simulations, and pilot programs.
  • Commercialisation: Demonstrate the industry’s viability to potential customers and build a cooperative HAPS ecosystem.
  • Interoperability: Develop product specifications and promote the standardisation of interoperable HAPS network elements.