Planning a Satellite 5G Future

A bold vision of a fully connected world and satellite has a starring role, but it’s going to require fundamental changes.

Understanding 5G Concepts

All this talk about 5G can be a little confusing if you don’t know the terminology and how these advances will impact satellite communications.


The telecom industry hopes that 5G will become a master wireless platform, able to merge mobile cellular, fixed broadband, and local area networks into one converged solution.

Introduces more intelligent routing that separates the data plane from the control plane to centralize decision making into a single flow controller for improved agility and efficiency.

The goal is to pull network functions out of specialized hardware devices and turn them into pieces of software that operate on standardized servers.

Orchestration coordinates all the network components through a single user interface to automatically set-up and activate services for a customer.

Today’s cellular networks manage all the complexities of constantly moving users and converge voice and data traffic into a shared system based on Internet Protocol packets.

It will become much easier to interface all the networking equipment to a centralized system if everything is using the same standardized language to communicate.

What do we Mean by Satellite 5G?

Everyone is talking about 5G. It’s going to radically expand the capabilities of cellular wireless connectivity. But the underlying technologies also show promise to revolutionize satellite communications. Learn how a satellite-based 5G architecture will make VSAT a true “plug-and-play” telecom extension that is more responsive with lower operating costs.

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Partnering to demo the first-of-its-kind live testbed of the ESA ARTES project SATis5

VT iDirect, SES and Fraunhofer FOKUS demonstrate live over-the-air testbed with SATis5, showcasing 5G deployments as part of the FOKUS FUSECO Forum Nov. 15-16, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

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SaT5G 5G Demo Overview

VT iDirect and its 5G team members are fundamentally changing how satellite is deployed in order to match 5G infrastructure. Learn about the SaT5G consortium 5G demo at EuCNC2018 – a milestone network demo showcasing satellite and terrestrial 5G integration capabilities.

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How will SDN and NFV impact VSAT?

Two new technology concepts are rewriting how network operators deploy and manage their networks: Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). The transition to this new technology holds significant implications for satellite communication providers, promising to improve service agility, make complexity manageable, and reduce operational cost.

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