Wednesday, 22 September 2021

O2 tests 5G backed up by satellite for connected vehicles

by Harry Baldock, Total Telecom
Tuesday 20 July 21

The newly merged operator is exploring mobile technology that will immediately switch to satellite connectivity in the event of a lost 5G connection

At the end of last year, O2 launched the UK’s first commercial 5G satellite lab, hoping to explore the complementary nature of the technologies for the development of autonomous vehicles. The Darwin SatCom Lab’s first task was to convert two vehicles into connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs), then remotely operate them as they drove around the facility using both satellite and 5G connectivity…

At the end of last year, O2 launched the UK’s first commercial 5G satellite lab, hoping to explore the complementary nature of the technologies for the development of autonomous vehicles. The Darwin SatCom Lab’s first task was to convert two vehicles into connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs), then remotely operate them as they drove around the facility using both satellite and 5G connectivity…

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