Role of satellite communications in 5G ecosystem: perspectives and challenges

Onireti, O. and Imran, M. A. (2018) Role of satellite communications in 5G ecosystem: perspectives and challenges. In: Sharma, S. K., Chatzinotas, S. and Arapoglou, P.-D. (eds.) Satellite Communications in the 5G Era. The Institution of Engineering and Technology, pp. 1-24. ISBN 9781785614279 (doi: 10.1049/PBTE079E)

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The next generation of mobile radio communication systems – so-called 5G – will provide some major changes to those generations to date. The ability to cope with huge increases in data traffic at reduced latencies and improved quality of user experience together with a major reduction in energy usage are big challenges. In addition, future systems will need to embody connections to billions of objects – the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) which raises new challenges.Visions of 5G are now available from regions across the world and research is ongoing towards new standards. The consensus is a flatter architecture that adds a dense network of small cells operating in the millimetre wave bands and which are adaptable and software controlled. But what is the place for satellites in such a vision? The chapter examines several potential roles for satellites in 5G including coverage extension, IoT, providing resilience, content caching and multi-cast, and the integrated architecture. Furthermore, the recent advances in satellite communications together with the challenges associated with the use of satellite in the integrated satellite-terrestrial architecture are also discussed.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Imran, Professor Muhammad and Onireti, Oluwakayode
Authors: Onireti, O., and Imran, M. A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Publisher:The Institution of Engineering and Technology
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Institution of Engineering and Technology
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher

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