SatixFy Poised to Enable Direct-to-Cell 5G Non-Terrestrial Networks
SatixFy Communications Ltd. ("SatixFy"), a leader in next-generation satellite communication systems based on in-house developed chipsets, ahead of the 73rd International Astronautical Congress 2022, is highlighting the potential for its technology to play a key role in the development of direct-to-cell satellite 5G services. This is a rapidly emerging area of satellite communications in which SatixFy believes it can play an important role in moving the technology forward in the coming years.
Last month SpaceX announced a partnership with T-Mobile to provide basic text service across parts of the U.S. where terrestrial service is not available. In July, Thales, Ericsson and Qualcomm announced a partnership to develop 5G non-terrestrial networks using low-Earth orbit ("LEO") satellites. In addition, last week Huawei announced its first handset with satellite capability, the Mate 50 series, which can send text messages using satellites. While these offerings provide basic direct-to-cell satellite service for text messaging services, full-scale voice and data services desired by consumers that are expected to follow will require the use of advanced chip technologies to address current limitations.
Specific challenges in delivering the higher levels of service include 1) the requirement of large antennas in space with high directivity to both capture the small signal emitted by a cell phone and provide a sizeable coverage area, 2) the need for a large number of pointing beams for antennas to service many devices, and 3) the requirement of large constellations of LEO satellites to provide global coverage to cellular users. For example, new LEO constellations, like the SpaceX Gen 2 Starlink satellites, utilize large antennas and will require a large number of satellites to provide global coverage.
SatixFy's technologies can change the game from both a performance and cost perspective. SatixFy's 2nd generation Digital Beamforming ASIC Prime 2.0 utilizes "True Time Delay" technology and has a modular and scalable architecture that enables building large antenna arrays in different frequency bands spanning from L-band to Ka-band. Additionally, the Prime2 ASIC supports a large capacity (up to 8GHz, which can be further aggregated to expand to 64GHz) with up to 128 dual polarized beams all of which allow a large number of devices to be serviced by a single antenna. The beams can be configured dynamically in a very short time to support beam hopping that further optimizes the utilization of satellite resources to support a large number of devices on the ground. Prime 2.0 will deliver all these features at a very low DC power.
These technologies are not theoretical. On June 28, 2022, SatixFy played a key role in demonstrating a high-speed, low-latency link with a LEO satellite constellation incorporating 5G. The demonstration at the ESA/ECSAT facilities in Harwell, UK, using a compact electronic antenna powered by SatixFy to connect to a LEO satellite constellation operated by OneWeb, achieved the world's first ever 5G backhaul communications connected to a LEO satellite constellation. That demonstration showcased the validity of the integration of space and ground networks using 5G links, and direct-to-cell is one of the applications that could utilize this technology in the future.
"SatixFy's space-grade Prime 2.0 will enable low power-usage and cost-effective wideband large Electronically Steered antennas with high aperture efficiency for space applications such as direct-to-cell to deliver broadband directly to handheld cellular devices," said SatixFy CEO David Ripstein. "We expect to play a key role in enabling the 5G satellite technologies of the future and expect this will become another strong market segment for SatixFy over time."
On March 8, 2022, SatixFy announced that it had entered into a definitive business combination agreement with Endurance Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: EDNC), a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) formed by an affiliate of Antarctica Capital, an international private equity firm. Upon closing of the transaction, SatixFy's shares are expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "SATX."
SatixFy develops end-to-end next-generation satellite communications systems, including satellite payloads, user terminals and modems, based on powerful chipsets that it develops in house.
SatixFy's products include modems that feature Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Fully Electronically Steered Multi Beam Antennas (ESMA) that support the advanced communications standard DVB-S2X. SatixFy's innovative ASICs improve the overall performance of satellite communications systems, reduce the weight and power requirements of terminals and payloads, and save real estate for gateway equipment. SatixFy's advanced VSATs and multi-beam fully electronically steered antenna arrays are optimized for a variety of mobile applications and services, using LEO, MEO and GEO satellite communications systems, for aero/in-flight connectivity systems, communications-on-the-move applications, satellite-enabled Internet-of-Thins, and consumer user terminals.
SatixFy is headquartered in Rehovot, Israel with additional offices in the US, UK and Bulgaria. For more information, please refer to www.SatixFy.com.
About Endurance Acquisition Corp.
Endurance Acquisition Corp. ("Endurance") is a special purpose acquisition company formed by an affiliate of Antarctica Capital, an international private equity firm, for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. Endurance was founded on April 23, 2021 and is headquartered in New York, NY.
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The proposed business combination will be submitted to shareholders of Endurance for their consideration. SatixFy has filed a registration statement on Form F-4 (the "Registration Statement") with the SEC which includes a preliminary and definitive proxy statements to be distributed to Endurance's shareholders in connection with Endurance's solicitation for proxies for the vote by Endurance's shareholders in connection with the proposed business combination and other matters as described in the Registration Statement, as well as the prospectus relating to the offer of the securities to be issued to SatixFy's and Endurance's shareholders in connection with the completion of the proposed business combination. After the Registration Statement has been filed and declared effective, Endurance will mail a definitive proxy statement and other relevant documents to its shareholders as of the record date established for voting on the proposed business combination. Endurance's shareholders and other interested persons are advised to read, once available, the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus and any amendments thereto and, once available, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus, in connection with Endurance's solicitation of proxies for its extraordinary general meeting of shareholders to be held to approve, among other things, the proposed business combination, because these documents will contain important information about Endurance, SatixFy and the proposed business combination. Shareholders may also obtain a copy of the preliminary or definitive proxy statement, once available, as well as other documents filed with the SEC regarding the proposed business combination and other documents filed with the SEC by Endurance, without charge, at the SEC's website located at www.sec.gov or by directing a request to Endurance Acquisition Corp., 630 Fifth Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10111.
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