Space based network infrastructure will soon complement the 5G terrestrial mobile networks that are currently being deployed — this will lead to satellite communications (SATCOM) becoming an integrated and indispensable part of the global telecommunications ecosystem, with the potential to grow existing market segments such as backhauling and to expand into new areas such as hybrid networks and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Airbus Defence and Space and the firm’s partners, Fraunhofer IIS, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Bundeswehr University Munich and Eurescom GmbH, recently kicked-off a project to study the delivery of standards based on 5G and beyond 5G communication services over a space-based infrastructure.
The study, which is funded by the European Space Agency (ESA), will propose a comprehensive vision of how a 5G and beyond-5G space-based infrastructure can provide services for consumers and industries that deliver performance, reliability, resilience and security. The consortium will propose a non-terrestrial network (NTN) infrastructure and deployment scenarios to deliver advanced communication services in a timely and cost-efficient manner. In addition, it will focus on the preparation of a future SATCOM technology roadmap in line with the emerging 6G concepts in order for an NTN to play an even greater role in offering global connectivity.