The project has established a SSIG which gathers 38 participants (Airbus, Avanti, CNES, CTTC, Dish, DLR, ESA, Echostar, ESOA, ETRI, Eutelsat, Fraunhofer IIS, Fraunhofer Fokus, Gilat, iDirect, Hispasat, HNS, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Ligado, MERCE, Newtec, NICT, Nomor Research, Satellite Application Catapult, Satixfy, SES, SnT, STMicroelectronics, Univ Luxembourg, Telesat, Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space, TNO, Univ Bologna, Univ Roma, University of Surrey, Univ Napoli, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) of which 28 are 3GPP members.
This group has promoted successfully 3 study/work items to have satellite being addressed as part of the 3GPP release 16 (5G system phase 2 standardisation):
Every quarter, the progress of these 3 items will be monitored and reported to the 3GPP Plenaries and their prioritisation may be revisited against other terrestrial study items. It is therefore of the outmost importance that the satellite community contributes to the SSIG and participates to the 3GPP working group meetings.
Besides, the project has supported the preparation/review of more than 100 contributions in SA1 and RAN/RAN1 as part of the 3GPP release 15 (5G system phase 1 standardisation) for the completion of two Technical Reports:
Last, the project facilitates the review among satellite industry stakeholders of the ETSI TR 103.611 “Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Seamless integration of satellite and/or HAPS (High Altitude Platform Station) systems into 5G system and related architecture options”