OQ confirms Tiger-3 timeline as it adds to 5G IoT constellation

19 November 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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There will soon be another cell tower in space according to OQ Technology, which has unveiled plans for its Tiger-3 launch.

Tiger-3 is scheduled for launch in 2022 and it follows the successful July 2021 launch of the Tiger-2 satellite aboard the SpaceX Transporter-2 rideshare mission organised by Spaceflight. Tiger-2 was built by NanoAvionics.

“With our Tiger-1 and Tiger-2 missions already in orbit, we are now accelerating the deployment of our satellite network,” said Omar Qaise (pictured), founder and CEO of OQ Technology.

“Tiger-3 will provide better access, increased capacity and shorter revisit times for our customers.  With every launch our satellite and telecommunication capability is improving and becoming more powerful. We will announce further launch missions with more advanced mission capabilities soon.”

In addition to testing the Tiger-2 satellite, the company had recently successfully tested its user terminal in harsh desert conditions. During those tests, OQ was able to collect data from customer assets, connected smart meters to the satellite, tracked mobile assets, and even managed to achieve indoor connectivity and localisation of the device while buried in the sand with no external antennas.

Described as a "cell tower in space", OQ’s technology aims to provide real-time global connectivity with ultra-reliable low latency communication (URLLC) and massive machine type communications (mMTC) for applications in rural and remote areas.

The company’s 5G IoT/M2M communication constellation is particularly suited for applications in industries such as oil, gas, logistics, mining and defence. Following the global standard of 3GPP of narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), allows OQ to provide a cost effective and highly scalable system as well as access to a large ecosystem of cellular chip vendors and operators.

Qaise added: “We have been very successful in demonstrating our service to a large base of customers around the globe. We also have received great interest from large enterprise clients that want to partner with us. Together with our existing partners, it will allow us to scale up the constellation deployment with more missions in a very short time.”