Special Session 42022-06-03T18:52:57+00:00

NTN in 5G and beyond: Multi orbit architectures

Wednesday, 8 June 2022, 16:00-17:30, Room A302

Session Chair:
  • Maria Guta (European Space Agency (ESA), NL)
  • Jean-Pierre Choffray (SES, LU)
  • Adam Kapovits (Eurescom GmbH, DE)

Terrestrial 5G deployments are expanding globally and satellite contribution is being consolidated on the basis of its benefits and its integration in the overall 5G network. Major satellite contributions relate with global connectivity, easy and cost-efficient deployment of secure, reliable, localised private 5G networks with increased reliability; serving with ultra-low delay within the edge both civilian and governmental users, as well as offering direct access connectivity for remote undeserved areas and thus reducing digital divide. Besides, COVID-19 pandemic emphasised the importance of secure and reliable satellite connectivity solutions and services supporting societal needs and the economy globally.
The race of satellite deployments is continuing with new systems brought into operations to serve both eMBB including direct access and transport connectivity and IoT/mMTC globally. We can witness the booming of new space operators changing the business model of space, combining both large and small industry, space and digital ecosystems. The space sector is undergoing a massive transformation, and this is a major opportunity for Europe to unleash its potential as a space power. This brings a new strategic dimension to NTN that must become a strong driver of all our plans.
NTN multi orbit architectures bring together several research and design disciplines such as advanced payloads, i.e. regenerative onboard processing, onboard mobile edge computing, smart routing, automated satellite constellations control with pervasive use of AI/ML solutions across the different segments. Service oriented architectures are being investigated to support the integration of functionalities, such as connectivity, time synchronisation and positioning and Earth Observation data.
Last but not least, the emerging 6G space infrastructure will contribute to meeting the new security requirements and support the European Quantum Communication Infrastructure by providing the needed Quantum Key Distribution. This Special Session builds upon the success of a series of past events and will showcase the continuous integration of satellites in 5G and beyond, outline new multi-orbit space architectures and present new research areas. In particular, this Special Session will:

  • Highlight experiences, results and lessons learnt from successful over-the-air validations with seamless satellite integration into 5G;
  • Update on the status of 5G experimentation facilities exploiting new capabilities of global connectivity, edge networking, automated management, frequency sharing and Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) with New Radio also supporting IoT;
  • Highlight the emergence of 5G services relying on the use of integrated 5G and space;
  • Present space based beyond 5G communications infrastructure designs;
  • 3D space NTN emerging research areas;
  • Foster cross-industry cooperation opportunities between terrestrial mobile and satellite industry when shaping 6G.
Program:

(6×15′) The session will consist of 6 contributions as follows:

  • Jean-Pierre Choffray (SES Luxemburg): Opening keynote
  • Dominic Schupke (Airbus Germany, CELTIC-NEXT 6G SKY): 6G for Connected Sky
  • Alexander Hofmann (Fraunhofer IIS, Germany) and Anastasius Gavras (Eurescom, Germany): Towards a space-based beyond 5G converged communications infrastructure
  • Mohamed El Jaafari (Thales Alenia Space, France): NTN standardisation roadmap in 3GPP
  • Marius Corici (Fraunhofer FOKUS): Understanding the significant role of ubiquitous and long-distance space backhauling and its key technologies in 6G
  • Antonio Franchi (ESA): From 5G to 6G: Space connecting Planet Earth for a sustainable Future
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