Compact “dish” to provide Arctic with 5G connection

Compact “dish” to provide Arctic with 5G connection

March 06, 2023

The device does not create visual garbage, and it can be remade for different services’ requests.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Engineers from St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University have developed a small and economical antenna that can provide the Russian Arctic with 5G satellite connection.

The device is an alternative to the usual satellite ones. It is shaped like a flat plate. It is based on a conventional printed circuit board, on which printed elements are applied to the required characteristics.

“The device is technologically advanced enough to be introduced into mass production. And due to the effective technical characteristics, ease and convenience of transportation, such satellite plates can be used to provide remote settlements of the Far North of Russia with access to high-quality communications, television and the Internet”, said Lyubov Lyubina, the St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University’s Department for Research deputy head.

Lubov Lyubina

According to her, satellite communication systems are now actively developing. By the end of 2024, they plan to launch four satellites that will provide access to broadband Internet in hard-to-reach and remote areas of the Arctic and the Far East. For the operation of this infrastructure, inexpensive and technologically advanced radio-electronic components of the base are needed.

The antenna of Petersburgers can be altered to suit the needs of rescue or security organizations. The small size of the device makes it an alternative to traditional parabolic antennas, the size of which visually litter the historic streets of big cities. Now the developers are looking for industrial partners to start production.

Earlier, we reported that it was planned to provide the Arctic with satellite communications at the expense of the budget by 2024, and that Taimyr reindeer herders and hunters would be provided with satellite phones. Recall that the program for connecting the villages of Krasnoyarsk to the Internet is planned to be completed five years earlier.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: PR Department of Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University LETI

March 06, 2023

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