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Compact Satellite Module Boosts Connectivity

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The 3GPP non-terrestrial network (NTN) satellite communication module offers connectivity solutions for IoT applications.


Quectel Wireless Solutions have announced the launch of the Quectel BG95-S5 3GPP non-terrestrial network (NTN) satellite communication module. The module supports 3GPP Release 17 IoT-NTN in the S and L band frequencies for satellite communications. In addition, the multi-mode BG95-S5 supports LTE Cat M1, Cat NB2, eGPRS, and integrated GNSS.

With a cost-effective SMT form factor measuring 23.6 mm × 19.9 mm × 2.2 mm, the BG95-S5 is ideal for space-constrained use cases that need to access multiple types of network technology. With NTN satellite communication growing in popularity as constellations are built, having the capability to connect via NTN, cellular, and GNSS offers flexibility for designers. It ensures devices will find connections regardless of their deployment location or whether NTNs are available at the moment of communication.

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The module features low power consumption and an extended temperature range of -40 °C to +85 °C. Quectel offers support for developers and designers, aiming to expedite time-to-market with reference designs, evaluation tools, and technical assistance. Certification processes are in progress for Skylo’s NTN, North American cellular carriers, and regulatory certifications in Europe, North America, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

The module maintains identical pin assignments with other variants in the BG95 series, easing seamless migration for device manufacturers to NTN networks. Offering a range of Internet protocols, standard interfaces, and functionalities enhances the module’s versatility, enabling integration into various M2M applications.

The IoT modules prioritize security, incorporating industry practices and standards throughout product architecture, firmware/software development, and third-party testing. Security measures such as generating SBOMs and VEX files, along with firmware binary analysis, are integrated into the software development lifecycle.

“This versatile module enables use cases that rely on ubiquitous connectivity to utilize NTNs or LTE Cat M1, Cat NB2, eGPRS or GNSS depending on availability in the deployment location,” says Norbert Muhrer, President and CSO, Quectel Wireless Solutions.

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Nidhi Agarwal
Nidhi Agarwal
Nidhi Agarwal is a journalist at EFY. She is an Electronics and Communication Engineer with over five years of academic experience. Her expertise lies in working with development boards and IoT cloud. She enjoys writing as it enables her to share her knowledge and insights related to electronics, with like-minded techies.


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