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5G And Non-Terrestrial Networks

New advances in 5G standards are creating opportunities to integrate non-terrestrial networks (NTN) into a interoperable, standardized wireless experience across the entire globe. 

According to the white paper, 5G use cases for non-terrestrial networks can include, but are not limited to connectivity options for enhanced mobile broadband that includes fixed and mobile cell, as well as multi-connectivity and wide and local area IoT and public safety applications. Additional uses include improved network resilience, edge network and mobile cell hybrid connectivity for enhanced mobile broadband – as well as “Direct to Node” broadcast.

“5G and Non-Terrestrial Networks” covers satellite-based communication in detail that can potentially play an important role in leveraging communication infrastructure to deliver 5G services in the future and bridge the digital divide. Topics in this white paper include:

  • Industry Overview and insight into how satellite-based architecture leverages Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO), Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), and Low Earth Orbit (LEO) systems which can collectively provide coverage across altitudes ranging from 36,000 km to 400 km.
  • Different potential use cases for NTN in a 5G ecosystem
  • Standards evolution for NTN
  • Satellite-based NTN architectures
  • RAN Impact covering core network impact, security in NTN, end-to-end quality of service aspects and positing in NTN
  • Deployment options with non-terrestrial networks over satellites
  • Network service continuity

The white paper also explains how 5G standards increasingly can make NTN and satellite segments part of the 5G ecosystem and connectivity infrastructure. The white paper examines additional factors like different spectrum frequencies used by satellites, different operating modes that allow for co-existence, roaming and data sharing, and how moving and fixed-beam systems impact 5G networks.

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