Satellite and Non-Terrestrial Networks for 5G

Scope and Motivation

Among the main pillars of 5G is the ability to transmit and communicate information effectively and reliably. 5G systems are not only new protocols but, more importantly, they provide a new telecommunication infrastructure. As such, one of the challenges is to achieve a sound integration between the terrestrial and the non-terrestrial segments. Since communication satellites offer large-scale broadcasting capability and global coverage, they present effective communication means for 5G based networks, especially for the connection of remote areas and airborne / seaborne platforms. In the past few years, many satellite operators have upgraded their fleets to deliver enhanced functionalities and higher frequency reuse. In addition to the current fleet of geostationary satellites, the next-generation of MEO and LEO satellite systems will be highly flexible and up to ten times more powerful than the current constellations. Satellites and other non-terrestrial platforms such as airships, UAVs or blimps improve 5G systems by making them more agile, smart and robust. Therefore, the role of satellites and non-terrestrial networks should be investigated for the provision of the main use case areas of 5G systems covering not only enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) and massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC) but also highly resilient, self-sustaining and secure special purpose networks.


This workshop welcomes the latest research results and innovative solutions in the fields of signal & information processing, optimization, prototyping, and field demonstration for:

– Air interface harmonization between terrestrial 5G and satellite systems
– Machine Learning for satellite and non-terrestrial networks
– Communications for spectrum sharing over non-terrestrial segments
– Exploring and analysis of new frequency bands (Q/V/W)
– Optical communication for satellite systems and ground stations
– Interference of non-terrestrial networks
– New architectures including GEO/MEO/LEO, airships, UAVs and blimps
– Non-Terrestrial networks including airborne, HAPS and aerial platforms
– Flexible payloads with onboard processing
– Multi-antennas technologies for satellite and airborne platforms
– Very high throughput satellites and related technologies
– SDN/NFV concepts in integrated satellite-5G networks
– Orchestration and network slicing for satellite-5G networks
– Satellite based internet of things

Important Dates

  • Deadline for paper submission May 15, 2019
  • Acceptance Notification: June 30, 2019
  • Camera-Ready Submission: July 31, 2019

Submissions accepted through this EDAS Link

General Workshop Chairs

Andreas Knopp (Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany)
Siegbert Martin (Tesat Spacecom, Germany)

Workshop Co-Chairs

Ana Isabel Pérez-Neira (CTTC, Spain)
Marc Hofmann (DLR – Space Administration, Germany)
Tomaso de Cola (DLR – Institute of Communications and Navigations, Germany)
Giovanni Giambene (University of Siena, Italy)
Igor Bisio (University of Genova, Italy)
Miguel Ángel Vázquez (CTTC, Spain)
Carsten Borowy (OHB System AG, Germany)