SES has demonstrated the successful integration of satellite capabilities within 5G during a live demonstration with SaT5G consortium partners at the EuCNC2018 conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The SaT5G consortium is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme and brings together industry leaders from across the networking ecosystem to promote the cost-effective plug and play integration of satellite technology into 5G networks. Satellite will be crucial to 5G networks to ensure security, to bring ubiquitous connectivity and mobility, and to increase broadcast capabilities. The demonstration in Ljubljana achieved the first of a number of goals SaT5G has developed in order to reach full integration with 5G over the next few years.
The demonstration in Ljubljana saw several members of the SaT5G consortium – SES, VT iDirect, Broadpeak, i2CAT and the University of Surrey – come together to present the integration of a 5G testbed with the satellite system.
SES provides end-to-end managed connectivity between the remote node and the core network via its geostationary ASTRA 2F satellite and its teleport in Betzdorf. The SaT5G demonstration showcases satellite backhauling features and efficient edge delivery of multimedia content as a proof-of-concept for their integration into the 5G network.
VT iDirect provides a prototype satellite hub and a terminal towards 5G capabilities which incorporate Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) technologies, and is integrated into the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) core network. The University of Surrey provides the 5G Innovation Centre testbed element, Broadpeak supplies a MEC-enabled platform to demonstrate content delivery via tablets and smartphones, while i2CAT provides the system to manage and orchestrate the virtualised resources.
“Groundbreaking innovations in space, satellite and networking technologies are placing us at the center of the global endeavour to build high-performing and high-powered integrated connectivity architectures. The satellite-based networks that we develop are unique and offer entirely new levels of exponentially increased throughput, coverage, scalability, network intelligence, flexibility and cost efficiency. They position satellite-enabled connectivity as a key element of emerging next-generation networks,” said Christophe De Hauwer, Chief Strategy and Development Officer at SES. “Our leading role and momentum in developing 5G ecosystems is proof of how we can seamlessly integrate with and enhance telecommunications networks, and expand the addressable market for next-generation technologies and services.”