Special Session 10

Special Session 102023-06-04T07:51:03+00:00

Mega-Constellation Non-Terrestrial Network for 6G

Thursday, 8 June 2023, 16:00-17:30, Room H1

Session Chair:
  • Wen Tong (Huawei Technologies, CA)

The development of non-terrestrial networks (NTN) has gained significant momentum in recent years, with numerous mega constellations planned or already initiated. These constellations are expected to provide complementary services to terrestrial networks, especially in areas with limited connectivity. The cost of launching rockets and satellites has decreased in recent years, making it more feasible to build and deploy large-scale constellations. One of the significant advantages of low-cost mega constellations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) or Very Low Earth Orbit (VLEO) is their lower orbit altitude, which allows for low latency and seamless roaming between cellular and non-terrestrial networks. Moreover, the vast scale of these constellations provides a much higher area capacity than traditional satellite networks. These combined features, including low latency, high capacity, and seamless roaming, will help create a superior user experience.
However, the full potential of these mega constellations can only be realized if we overcome various technical and operational challenges. In this regard, experts from both industry and academia are invited to a deep dive session, to explore the challenges and potential research directions for the future of integrated mega constellation networks. This will ensure that NTN becomes a reliable and essential part of global connectivity solutions in 6G era.


Session Chair:

Wen Tong, Huawei Technologies Canada Co., Ltd., Canada


  • Rahim Tafazolli, University of Surrey, UK
  • Markus Breitbach, Deutsche Telekom, Germany
  • Aryan Kaushik, University of Sussex, UK
  • Alessandro Guidotti, CNIT, Italy


Presentations on Non-Terrestrial Network for 6G 60’ (15’ for Each speaker)
Panel Discussion, 30’
Moderator: Wen Tong

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