Exclusive: Sateliot Successfully Launches 5G-IoT LEO Satellite

Sateliot’s asset-light strategy allows lower connectivity prices.

Sateliot has launched Sateliot_0 The Ground Breaker, the first 5G standard LEO satellite, in addition to their 250 LEO satellite network. Due to the satellite’s capacity to function as a cell tower from orbit, users will be able to seamlessly switch from a terrestrial to a non-terrestrial 5G network without the need for extra gear.


  • The satellite, which is the first of a constellation of 250 LEO satellites, will serve as a mobile tower from orbit.
  • With Sateliot’s technology, consumers may continue using their current cell carriers and sim cards without needing any additional gear.
  • Because of Sateliot’s asset-light business model, connectivity costs can be far lower than they are right now.

The first-ever 5G standard LEO satellite, known as Sateliot_0 “The Ground Breaker,” has been launched by Sateliot, a Barcelona-based startup that was the first to operate a low-Earth orbit (LEO) nanosatellite constellation using the 5G-IoT standard. The satellite will function as a cell tower from orbit in order to democratize access to the Internet of Things (IoT) on a global scale.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Carried the Ground Breaker

The launch took place on April 18 at 11:47 PM Pacific Time from Vandenberg US Space Force Base in California, following three attempts that failed due to weather.

Launch of the first of 250 LEO satellite constellations.

Users will be able to easily move from a terrestrial to an extraterrestrial 5G network thanks to the GroundBreaker, the first of a constellation of 250 low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. Users will be able to continue using their present sim cards and cell providers because this technology does not require any additional gear, such as antennae or modems.

Due to Sateliot’s regular roaming agreements, this has been made feasible. The corporation expects that this technology would make it easier for the vast global adoption of the Internet of Things. These satellites will function as cell towers from space.

The Ground Breaker

The GroundBreaker is a 22 lb satellite that can cover an area three times the size of Texas and orbits the Earth in about 90 minutes. A single satellite may provide worldwide coverage and extract crucial data from the surface for commercial use, influencing the efficiency of hundreds of enterprises. The satellite contains an onboard module that enables direct NB-IoT connectivity for any 5G device with Rel 17 NTN.

The statement claims that Sateliot’s technology offers a seamless expansion of NB-IoT telecom operator’s coverage as its primary point of distinction. This indicates that the end user can utilize unmodified conventional 5G devices to connect to terrestrial or satellite networks.

Asset-light strategy

The ultimate objective is to bring connection everywhere and to every use case, dispelling the myth that satellite is expensive and only suitable for a few specific applications. Sateliot’s asset-light method enables connectivity pricing to be at a fraction of the existing proposition.

Some Use Cases

Some use cases include logistics, agriculture, livestock, maritime, railway, aeronautics, automation, and many others, increasing productivity, savings, and ultimately growing GDPs.

With over EUR 1.2 billion in sales pipeline, Sateliot has already finalized deals with major global telecoms carriers and businesses. By 2026, the firm hopes to generate EUR 1 billion in sales and EUR 370 million in EBITDA. The introduction of Sateliot_0 “The Ground Breaker” is a significant step toward democratizing IoT access and a promising development in the direction of the company’s lofty objectives.

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Written by Shallu Srivastav

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