As the progressive realization of the 5G future approaches, and the Ericsson Mobility Report estimates half a billion 5G subscriptions by the end of 2022, the GVF-EMP annual conference program focusing on satellite cellular backhaul technologies and services will, in June 2018, present an expanded focus, a revised format, and a new context.
For the first time the GVF-EMP event will be an embedded feature of the KNect365 5G World, IoT World, Smart Transportation event of June 12 to 14 at the ExCeL Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL, UK.
Sponsored by Comtech EF Data, Hughes, Newtec, SES Networks, iDirect, Gilat Satellite Networks, and ND SatCom, the GVF-EMP program, entitled The (Cellular Backhaul) World Is Not Enough: Enabling a Smarter, Brave New Digital World of 5G, IoT & the Satellite Network will take place on June 14.
The program for the one day event, according to Martin Jarrold, Chief of International Program Development with GVF and Co-Chair of the event, “...is built upon the recognition that (a) at no earlier point in the history of mobile communications is the success of the next generation of networking technologies so dependent upon the take-up of network services by industry vertical markets; and that (b) satellite connectivity has provided the communications foundation for the requirements of several vertical markets for some several decades, but now it is moving centre stage for applications and users across the economic and social spectrum. It is no longer regarded by the wider sphere of communications solution provisioning as being stage left, no longer regarded as a niche market-only technology, no longer a solution of last or remote resort.”
The qualitative nature of 5G is a quantum leap beyond the person-to-person communications focus of earlier generations of mobile and towards a device-to-device ecosphere characterized as — according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) — Enhanced Mobile Broadband; Ultra-reliable and Low-latency Communications; and, Massive Machine Type Communications. 5G is, therefore, about a world of devices, that is, with the Internet of Things (IoT), or rather — in time and with growth and evolution in the market — an Internet of Everything Everywhere (IoEE).
Mr. Jarrold added, “Also a quantum leap — a leap, that is, beyond the realms of the maturing, and still expanding, M2M connectivity environment which has an already long-standing dependency on, and synergy with, satellite communications links – the world of IoT will be built on a connectivity foundation which will comprise a highly integrated functionality of, and between, terrestrial wireless platforms and satellite platforms.”
Paul Stahl, Executive Director of EMP also commented that the future development of the global digital economy is underpinned by the success of 5G connectivity infrastructure, infrastructure within which — as clearly pointed to by the 3GPP, 5GPPP, the European Union, the European Space Agency, and other stakeholder actors — satellite will feature not merely as an ‘interfacing’ technology and service, with a secondary role in the ‘network’, but an ‘integrated’ technology and service, fully part of an evolving and complex ‘network of networks’.
The 3GPP has specified a series of Use Cases where satellite will be essential and integral to 5G networks service offerings, namely in respect of Multimedia Delivery; Mobile Broadband to Users & Vehicles; Machine Type Communication; Critical Communication; and, Vehicular Communication.
The 5G networked world of IoT, and related applications, will require that every device is connected wherever it happens to be and whilst Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and today’s terrestrial wireless network connections are able to support many IoT applications, these are not, and will never be, ubiquitous and seamless. Commenting further, Mr. Jarrold said, “Thus [these wireless technologies] are not readily able to service the many areas of low population density within which economic activities – such as in the agriculture, civil engineering, mining, oil & gas and utilities sectors as well as in transport (human and logistical) between urban hubs – and the provision of social programmes – such as education and health services – will benefit from IoT. IoT coverage, to be truly global in scope, will require integration of the terrestrial with the ubiquity and seamlessness that only satellite networks can provide.”
The NetWorld 2020 European Technology Platform has said that, “Thanks to their inherent characteristics, the satellite component will contribute to augment the 5G service capability and address some of the major challenges in relation to the support of multimedia traffic growth, ubiquitous coverage, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and critical telecom missions whilst optimising the value for money to the end-users.” And that, “Satellites can proficiently be part of a hybrid network configuration, consisting in a mix of broadcast infrastructures and broadband infrastructures managed in such a way that it brings, seamlessly and immediately, converged services to all end-users…”.
Highlights of the 14th June program for The (Cellular Backhaul) World Is Not Enough: Enabling a Smarter, Brave New Digital World of 5G, IoT & the Satellite Network will include four themed interactive panel sessions, entitled:
- Satellite Beyond the Backhaul Opportunity: Integration with “the Network” – A New Paradigm
- Satellite Use Cases in 5G Deployed Infrastructures
- Device-to-Device: Satellite & Maximizing IoT for the Internet of Everything Everywhere (IoEE)
- New Architectures & Technologies for Mobile Platforms: Meshing Wireless & Broadband Satellite
Topics to be tackled by panelists will include:
- Satellite backhaul: Pre-5G networks — An appraisal of 4G/LTE and before; Where will satellite sit in the delivery 5G functionality?
- Merging broadcast infrastructures and broadband infrastructures
- Wireless access technology heterogeneity: A native feature of 5G; 3GPP satellite Use Cases
- Networks densification and the role of satellite
- High Throughput Satellites and 5G/IoT infrastructures
- GSO & NGSO satellite solutions and 5G deliverables
- Small satellite (NGSO) constellations in the M2M/IoT ecosphere
- Satellite seamlessness & footprint ubiquity to service the IoEE
- Satellite and the device environment of smart city infrastructure
- Satellite and IoT application markets
- Satellite and mobile network macro-cell & small-cell architectures
- Latency and evolving satellite system networks
- Network encryption, client security & cyber security imperatives: Satellite & mobile wireless pan-network integration