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Published: 10 July 2018

First live demonstration of satellite integration achieved on 5GIC testbed

The University has participated in the first live demonstration of satellites integrated in 5G networks – an important milestone towards full seamless integration over the next few years.

5G Innovation Centre

The demonstration took place during the EuCNC2018 conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 18 to 21 June and was a collaboration between Surrey, VT iDirect, SES, Broadpeak and i2CAT. It was conducted as part of the SAT5G project, funded by the European Commission and its consortium to bring together industry leaders to promote the cost-effect ‘plug and play’ integration of satellite technology into 5G networks.

The University’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) testbed provided a key component of the demonstration, which also utilised a pre-5G enabled satellite hub platform and satellite terminal, geostationary satellite system and a specialised platform to demonstrate content delivery to attendees via tablets and smart phones.

The demonstration showcased satellite backhauling features and efficient edge delivery of multimedia content in pre-5G networks, which will act as Proof-of-Concepts for integration of these features into a full 5G network. This represents a major step forward in the research, development and validation of key principles for satellite integration within the 5G architecture.

Surrey also demonstrated a MEC (Multi-Edge Computing)-based video acceleration technique which enables seamless delivery of Ultra High Definition (4K) mobile video over the satellite enabled 5G backhaul. This technique successfully overcomes latency issues and is able to provide good user experiences for 4K video applications.

Professor Barry Evans, who heads the Surrey Sat5G team said: “The live test marks a significant step forward in the integration of satellites into future 5G networks which will enable wider and more resilient 5G coverage and via its multicast capability open up exciting opportunities for new and more efficient service deliveries.” 

 

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