Objective: To design and build a large-scale real-time live 5G integrated satellite-terrestrial network Proof-of-Concept that enables the satellite terrestrial convergence into the 5G context.
Description: The5th generation of mobile communications technology (5G) is positioned to address the demands and business contexts of 2020 and beyond,. To materialize the vision, 5G needs tosupport and exploit the integration of heterogeneous networks such as terrestrial and satellite.
The main vehicle for providing customized 5G network infrastructures for specific applications and services is the cloud computing technology extended to include the networkinfrastructure (cloud networking). The most promising architecture and implementation comes from Software Defined Networking (SDN) where networks can be dynamically programmedthrough centralized control points andfrom Network Function Virtualization (NFV) enabling the cost-efficient deployment and runtime of network functions as software only. Throughthis the specific services can be highly customized, enabling the seamless integration of different heterogeneous networkssuch as satellite networks. In an integrated 5G ecosystem,satellite networks are providing a highly dependable and global coveragetype of communication. Satellite is well positioned to target high data rate broadcast/multicast services, M2Mnarrowband services,congestion offload of terrestrial networks (i.e., for signaling and/or video) as well as highly distributed and customized enterprise networks (i.e. criticalinfrastructures, dedicated M2M, industrial communication).
The advent of different satellite networks based on GSO/NGSO satellites and constellations as well as new technologies used in High Throughput Satellites (HTS) facilitate the emergenceof new players i.e. Satellite Virtual Network Operators and Service Providers, in the launch of satellite services market andallow the satellite industry to improve its value proposition in the 5G ecosystem. These developments are opening up and expandingmarket opportunities particularly in M2M/IoT, edge networking (for low latency localized communication and reduced backhaul data traffic), dynamic backhaul, and IP multimedia distribution, which are seeing explosive demand on the back of high growth rates in 4G.
The role of satellite needs to be practically demonstrated, especially in the area of comprehensive network integration with 5G terrestrial networks, including integration at physical and virtualized infrastructure levels, as well as for providing a coherent end-to-end runtime environment for highly distributed applications. Currently, satellite networks are missed within the 5G large-scale experiments. Its core relevance needs to be addressed, especially because of the need to scale highly customized network infrastructuresfor the different services with different delay, Qualiity of Service (QoS), Service Level Agreements (SLA), security and reliabilityrequirements through a common integrated multi-tenant infrastructure.
The activity proposes to build a large-scale real-time liveend-to-end 5G integrated satellite terrestrial network Proof-of-Concept that enables the satellite terrestrial convergence into the5G context. It shall include the infrastructure test-bed considering both physical and network functions virtualisation in order toenable the establishment of the end-to-end virtual integrated satellite terrestrial network following the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) principle. A prototype of the integrated networks and services management and orchestration shall be implemented to provide coherent overall management. Generic functional enablers shall be implemented at both the gateway and remote terminals, such as IPmulticast, small messages aggregation and caching, addressing different communications domains i.e. video and M2M/IoT (Platform as a Service PaaS). These shall be executed transparently to the specific service under test. Finally, selected usage cases for IP-enabled video and M2M/IoT services shall be demonstrated over the air.
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