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SaT5G project demonstrates 5G over satellite and holds industry briefing at University of Surrey

November 27, 2019

Surrey, United Kingdom – 27 November 2019: The SaT5G project today announces the completion of several successful demonstrations of 5G over satellite at an industry-briefing event held in the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey, United Kingdom.

The SaT5G project is a Horizon 2020 collaborative project, funded by the European Commission, which has the vision to develop a cost-effective plug-and-play solution to integrate satellite communications with 5G networks. A key aspect was to engage with standards bodies, which together with the business modelling and technical solutions developed in the project has provided a foundation for equipment vendors, network operators and service providers to include satellite as an integrated component in 5G and future deployments. At the same time, the project will facilitate new and growing market opportunities for satellite communication industry stakeholders.

The project has for the first time successfully integrated satellite into 3GPP 5G testbed networks. Using the testbeds several 5G use-case demonstrations over live satellite links have been performed, with the satellite links performing several different tasks. The project performed research and demonstrated in the areas of direct and indirect connectivity for satellite to show satellites to be beneficial in delivering content to the network edge, providing backhaul to cellular base-stations, improving the broadband experience to premises, and providing connectivity to aircraft moving platforms through emulated Geostationary (GEO) and over-the-air Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite connectivity.

Two of the main technological advances in 5G are the virtualisation of network functions (VNFs) and the use of end-to-end slices providing network services with specified quality of service (QoS). The SaT5G project has succeeded in designing and deploying several satellite-specific VNFs on OpenStack and Kubernetes, and in developing an integrated architecture so that satellite links can seamlessly carry network slices.

The workshop, which was attended by representatives from both the mobile, fixed network and satellite industries, discussed the future of satellites in 5G from both a technical as well as business viewpoint.

Please visit the SaT5G website https://www.sat5g-project.eu/ to know more about the project.

You can read more about the industry day in the full release: https://www.sat5g-project.eu/sat5g-industry-day-27-november/.