How satellite tech can power our new 5G world?

13 July 2021

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Satellite tech and 5 G.

Luxembourg Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT), in cooperation with leader in global content connectivity solutions SES, is exploring how satellite technology can help enable our new 5G world — and how satellites can do even more to advance 5G capabilities.

New SnT project, conducted in cooperation with leader in global content connectivity solutions SES, envisions a fundamental shift in the emerging 5G wireless system towards closer integration with satellite systems.

Advancing data networks

Integrating satellite and terrestrial systems is crucial as truly global next-generation networks require an ecosystem of multiple communication infrastructures to be inclusive, ubiquitous and affordable. Satellite proved to be an ideal enabler of the next-generation networks thanks to its wide coverage, ability to deliver to moving platforms, and simultaneity. It will allow a broad range of next-generation connectivity scenarios, even in remote areas, for crucial applications in mobile backhauling, aero and maritime connectivity, emergency response, telemedicine, and much more. 

Connecting 5G to the satellite communications network will also contribute to guaranteeing that increasingly important technologies like the Internet of Things are as reliable as possible.

Building bridges between industry and research

Project INSTRUCT, which stands for INtegrated Satellite-TeRrestrial Systems for Ubiquitous Beyond 5G CommunicaTions, is an industry-led research partnership between SES and the SnT.

This project seeks to strengthen the links between the academic and industrial worlds. Building on ten years of collaborative research experience, INSTRUCT will initiate a long-term structured research programme between SnT and SES. Additionally, it will interconnect and expand the validation facilities of the joint laboratories available at SnT and SES.

Overall, INSTRUCT project will provide significant innovations in the area of High Performance Networks. It will also promote Luxembourg’s vision of being a global hub of space and satellite services.

In total, INSTRUCT includes 17 research projects.

Each of the seventeen projects is being pursued by a team made up of an academic supervisor from SnT, an industry supervisor from SES, and either a doctoral or postdoctoral researcher.

Prof. Dr. Symeon CHATZINOTAS
Full Professor / Chief Scientist I and Co-Head of SIGCOM
SnT, University of Luxembourg

The project is supported by the Industrial Partnership Block Grant (IPBG) programme from the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR).

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