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The project objectives were the following:
The key challenges of the project were to get a comprehensive view of the ecosystem on potential satellite developments (especially from terrestrial and vertical stakeholders) and to forecast the opportunities for satellite stakeholders around 5G in a context of a technology still to be fully defined.
The project has established the main benefits for the satellite industry, both through a roadmap of technologies that will impact the satellite stakeholders and with a market sizing in 7 vertical markets of the direct access and backhaul access opportunities.
The four technical Notes include the following elements:
The project has been organized around 4 major work packages which include : review of developments of 5G (terrestrial plans, vertical plans and satellite players expectations), satellite contribution within 5G (as a technology enabler and as solution for vertical solutions), assessment of benefits for the satellite sector (technology improvements from 5G components and market opportunities) and recommendations and roadmap for the industry.
The project is now completed and was presented at ESA Satcom Final Presentation Days 2019 late January at ESA-ESTEC, The Netherlands.