Microwave Journal: Keysight and Skylo Partner for Narrowband NTN Device Ecosystem Certification Program

Using Keysight's unique and first-to-market NTN Device Acceptance Solutions, the certification plan will validate NB-IoT NTN chipsets, modules and devices for use on Skylo's network.

Keysight Technologies, Inc. and Skylo Technologies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) extending Keysight's cellular testing expertise to non-terrestrial networks (NTNs) by using Skylo's test cases to create a certification program for 3GPP 5G Release 17 (Rel-17) NTN chipsets, modules and devices using narrowband internet of things (NB-IoT) protocol over NTN.

The use of 5G satellite-to-ground connections is rapidly gaining traction as mobile operators and their customers look to extend secure, reliable and high-bandwidth connectivity across their entire geographical footprint and surrounding waters. Widespread NTN deployments can enable industries such as agriculture, energy, healthcare and transportation by using low-cost and low-powered NB-IoT devices for applications including remote sensing, asset tracking and surveillance.

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