ST1: Hybrid Terrestrial Satellite Networking and Services

Monday 5th September / Tuesday 6th September – 10:30, Room LLULL

Chairs: Constantinos B. Papadias (AIT, Greece), and Tinku Rasheed (CREATE-NET Research Center, Italy).

The continuously growing volume of mobile data, further assisted by the densification of base stations & access points places an increasingly heavy burden on the backhaul segment of the network. Leveraging the satellite segment as a way to relieve some of this burden is an approach that has been recently gained traction. For example, LTE/4G access served by satellite backhaul has been recently demonstrated, leading to a growing consensus that satellites should be part of the 5G networks. This vision is further exacerbated by the broadband and broadcast capabilities of satellites, as well as their wide area coverage that enables access at affordable cost and disaster resilience.

Based on the above, this proposed special track is focused around the concept of hybrid satellite / terrestrial networks that can serve jointly and in a better way the increasing backhauling needs of current, emerging and future mobile networks. Given the immaturity of the field, a number of key issues have yet to be explored, ranging from the required network architecture to the modelling of the involved channels (at 18GHz and 28 GHz) and interference, to the development of interference avoidance / mitigation techniques, possibly assisted by antenna arrays, to the definition of network virtualization and software defined networking for better end-to- end service provisioning.

The proposed special session is fueled by a number of recent results in two EU (H2020) research projects that are active in these research areas: SANSA (, which focuses on ensuring high capacity and resilience of these types of hybrid networks assisted by advanced antenna systems and VITAL (www.ict-, which targets SDN- based, federated resource management for a unified control plane that would allow operators to efficiently manage and optimise the operation of hybrid SatCom- Terrestrial networks.

Monday 5th September, 10:30 — 12:30

  • Opening Remarks
    Prof. Ana Isabel Pérez, Project Coordinator, H2020 Project SANSA.
  • Shared Access Terrestrial-Satellite Backhaul Network enabled by Smart Antennas (SANSA) scenarios, requirements and KPIs
    Georgios Ziaragkas (Avanti Communications, United Kingdom).
  • The SANSA End-to-end System Architecture
    Jose Núñez-Martínez (CTTC, Spain), Jorge Baranda (CTTC, Spain).
  • Antenna-Assisted Interference Mitigation Techniques for Terrestrial / Satellite Backhaul Networks
    Constantinos Papadias (AIT, Greece).
  • Resource Allocation and Interference Mitigation for Hybrid Satellite / Terrestrial Backhaul Networks
    Christos Tsinos (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg).
  • Round Table Discussion: “What are the key technologies that we should target for boosting the spectral efficiency of hybrid terrestrial / satellite backhaul networks?”
    Participants: presenters.

Tuesday 6th September, 10:30 — 12:30

  • Opening Remarks
    Dr. Tinku Rasheed, Project Coordinator, H2020 project VITAL.
  • SatCom Integration with LTE-Based Core Network Emulator
    Thomas Heyn (Fraunhofer IIS, Germany).
  • Towards Virtualised SatCom Networks for Satellite-Terrestrial Integration: VITAL system architecture
    Ramon Ferrus (University Politecnica Catalunya, Spain).
  • Seamless Air-to-Ground Communications in Europe
    Tinku Rasheed (CREATE-NET Research Center, Italy).
  • On the techno-economic aspects of SDN/NFV applicability in the SATCOM industry
    Harilaos Koumaras (National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos, Greece).
  • Round Table Discussion: “What are the key challenges of flexible networking hybrid terrestrial / satellite backhaul networks?”
    Participants: presenters.

ST2: Ubiquitous Broadband Access

Monday 5th September – 14:00, Room LLULL

Chairs: Alberto Ginesi (ESA, The Netherlands), Ana Isabel Pérez-Neira (UPC, CTTC, Spain).

The satellite telecommunication market is currently living a technology revolution thanks to the success of High Throughput Satellites (HTS). The need for high speed interconnectivity everywhere on the planet is driving the satellite operators to very advanced technical solutions both at satellite and ground segment level. In particular, the need to provide a cost competitive high throughput connectivity to a wide geographical area with a typical large traffic spatial and temporal variability, is driving the system design to new paradigms in terms of flexibility of the resources as well as satellite design and production methods.

In this special track, some of these key aspects are presented by speakers representing some of the most successful and innovative satellite operators.

Monday 5th September, 14:00 — 16:00

  • Unplugged Broadband Access
    Ignacio Sanchis (HISPASAT, CCO).
  • OneWeb Global Access
    Tony Azzarelli (VP Regulatory and Policy – OneWeb).
  • Innovations in User Terminals for Medium Earth Orbit Satellites
    Ashok Rao (VP Advanced Technology Development and Innovation- O3B).
  • Dynamic Resource Management in Multi-Applications High Throughput Satellites
    Jean-Pierre Choffray (VP Solution Engineering – SES).
  • Evolution of ViaSat High Capacity SatCom Network and Applications to Fixed and Mobile Services
    Ferdinando Tiezzi (VIASAT, Managing Director).

ST3: Applications and Technologies for Messaging and IoT/M2M over Satellite

Tuesday 6th September – 14:00, Room LLULL

Chairs: Stefano Cioni (ESA, The Netherlands). Sandro Scalise (German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany).

The booming of applications in the areas of Internet of Things and Machine to Machine will play a prominent role in the upcoming development of 5G standard. Satellite telecommunication can play an important role whenever truly worldwide availability, even in very remote areas and across national borders is required.

Especially interesting are those applications scenarios where very large populations of terminals spread over large geographical areas need to sporadically transmit small amount of data.

In this special track, some of the most recent innovation technologies and developments are presented by speakers representing some of the most successful and innovative satellite operators and manufactures.

Monday 5th September, 14:00 — 16:00

  •  TBD
    Daniele Finocchiaro (Eutelsat).
  • How the SmartLNB effectively fits current and prospective IoT/M2M market needs and challenges
    Javier Taibo (CEO, Egatel).
  • Space Engineering strategy and roadmap to low data rate applications of SatCom
    Sabino Titomanlio (Head of Business Development and Commercial Operations, Space Engineering S.p.A).
  • M2M/IoT Communication Protocols over Satellite: Opportunities and Challenges
    Konstantinos Liolis and Frank Zimmer (SES).
  • “RF Modem” – a flexible Hardware platform for DVB-RCS2 and Eutelsat Smart LNB”
    Baruch Kagan (Ayecka CTO)