Should towercos be worried about non-terrestrial networks?
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Should towercos be worried about non-terrestrial networks?

Advancements in satellite latency and capacity are changing how MNOs think about their networks; for better and for worse

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Advancements in satellite launch costs, latency and capacity and a huge spike in capital spending by satellite and investors, is changing the way MNOs think about the use-cases for non-terrestrial networks – and towercos must adapt.

What are non-terrestrial networks?

The non-terrestrial space can be broken up into four segments, three at the orbital level and one at the stratospheric; each has various use-cases and advantages.

The furthest afield are Geostationary Equatorial Orbit (GEO) satellites, which sit at an altitude of 35,786km above sea level. GEO satellites are a type of geosynchronous orbit (GSO) satellite that always remain stationary over a single point in the sky and are mostly used in telecommunications and for weather monitoring.



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