The SaT5G project announced yesterday 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 i2CAT Foundation participates in this 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.
SaT5G has successfully integrated satellite into 3GPP 5G testbed networks in different 5G use-case demonstrations over live satellite links. 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 GEO and over-the-air MEO satellite connectivity.
Particularly, i2CAT was part in the first demonstration of the 5G moving platform backhaul for aircraft connectivity and content distribution services. The testbed, led by Zodiac Inflight innovations with the cooperation of SES, Gilat, Quortus, Broadpeak and i2CAT, was successfully used for virtualised network services. A video recording provided a live demonstration of the SaT5G R&D activities.
Other demonstrations included local breakout content based on Broadpeak’s content delivery service, with all services, managed and configured by the i2CAT’s Terrestrial and Satellite coordination framework – TALENT.
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.