European Space Agency Awards 5G Development Project to Forsway

Forsway, a provider of hybrid satellite routers and innovative solutions to enable cost-efficient satellite broadband, announced that it has been awarded a co-funded development contract from the European Space Agency (ESA). The scope of the development project entails integration of the Forsway Xtend Hub with the 5G/NFV architecture (Network Function Virtualization).

Forsway’s comprehensive 5G project aims to enable and simplify a communication service provider’s (CSP) ability to significantly accelerate slow or congested networks using satellite services. The 5G/NFV architecture will make it possible for a CSP to seamlessly integrate the hybrid Forsway Xtend Hub directly into their core network. This development aligns with the Satellite for the 5G initiative that is supported by ESA co-funding through its programme of Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES).

The technology provider will develop a complete satellite hub for hybrid connectivity based on the 5G NFV/SDN architecture. The Forsway 5G hub’s architecture will allow tailoring for a variety of bespoke scenarios for connected vehicles, such as connected cars and in-flight connectivity. Employing network slicing will make it possible to create customized services combining satellite and terrestrial networks in an efficient manner. To supplement the hub, Forsway will also develop a hybrid satellite/terrestrial 5G terminal to deploy validation trials.

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