GVF programme advances satellite and wireless convergence around 5G and IoT

Featuring such presentation themes as ‘Challenges to Meet Everywhere Backhauling Capacity Requirements of 5G’; ‘Applying Terrestrial Best Practices to Satellite Communications in Evolving Pre-5G and 5G Ecosystems’; and, ‘New Architectures & Technologies for Mobile Platforms: Meshing Wireless & Broadband Satellite’, the GVF-EMP conference programme ‘Cellular Backhaul 2018: Satellite + 3G, 4G, LTE & 5G Leveraging the Now! & The Sometime Soon’ drew an audience of more than 200 on 14th June during the KNect365 ‘TechXLR8’ 5G World and IoT World event.

The innovative positioning of ‘Cellular Backhaul’ as a value-added additional and embedded feature of the 5G World exhibition at London’s ExCeL Centre brought GVF-EMP initiated discussion on the evolution of the fully integrated role of satellite in future 5G deployment – as a profound step-change beyond the interfacing relationship of satellite with previous and current generations of cellular communications – before an audience that included the cellular and IoT industries as well as representatives of the satellite technology and service environment.

The ‘Cellular Backhaul’ conference, moderated by Martin Jarrold, Chief of International Programme Development with GVF, and Betty Bonardel, President of AB5, was designed to fully-leverage the opportunity provided within 5G World to enhance the mobile network operator (MNO) and teleco community’s engagement with satellite industry perspectives in current dialogues that encompass analyses of 5G and the Internet of Things development amongst the 3GPP, 5GPPP, International Telecommunication Union, European Union, European Space Agency, and other stakeholder actors. In fully supporting this approach, Dario Mulassano, Business Development Director with Hughes, a panellist in the conference session Satellite Use Cases in 5G Deployed Infrastructures, commented that "The ‘Cellular Backhaul’ programme, held within the wider 5G event, brought together a high quality of organisation, content and attendance.”

The 3GPP has specified a series of Use Cases where satellite will be essential and integral to 5G networks service offerings, Use Cases that were addressed in the course of presentations delivered during the conference. The presentations are now accessible to an even wider audience through the event website.

Commenting after his presentation and panel participation in the conference session Device-to-Device: Satellite & Maximising IoT for the Internet of Everything Everywhere (IoEE), Paul Scardino, Senior Vice President, Sales Operations Engineering & Marketing with Globecomm, said "I think the embedded model of the programme within the greater London Technology Week conferences was a perfect setting to integrate satellite more thoroughly into the world of 5G, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and other disruptive technologies that are affecting our world today and into the future. Satellite has a role in the disruptive technology world and our industry needs to continue its efforts to be a larger part of it."

And Simon Gatty Saunt, Vice President, Sales, EMEA Fixed-Data with SES Networks, a member of the panel discussing Satellite beyond the Backhaul Opportunity: Integration with ‘the Network’ – A New Paradigm, added "The exponential demand of cellular connectivity can only be met by a software-defined, automated, cloud-scale satellite-based platform, and no one is better placed than SES Networks with its multi-band and multi-orbit satellite system."

Also commenting, with reference to evolving trends in the mobile sector and satellite use cases, Robert Novak, Director Business Development Mobile Networks, ND SatCom, who participated in the session focused on Satellite Use Cases in 5G Deployed Infrastructures, said "Current technological trends from the mobile industry, like Multi-Access Edge Computing and Software-Defined EPC, are enabling innovative and cost-saving solutions for satellite operators as well, while at the same time paving the way for advanced networking concepts and new use cases for 5G."

In opening remarks at the beginning of the conference, Martin Jarrold, Chief of International Programme Development with GVF, emphasised that “Satellite will feature not merely as an ‘interfacing’ technology and service, with a secondary role in the ‘network’, but an ‘integrated’ technology and service, fully part of an evolving and complex ‘network of networks’. Satellite will be essential to 5G as a device-to-device ecosphere characterised as – according to the ITU – Enhanced Mobile Broadband; Ultra-reliable and Low-latency Communications; and, Massive Machine Type Communications.”

And at the conclusion of the programme Chris Boyd, a contributor to the conference dialogue on Satellite Use Cases in 5G Deployed Infrastructures and Senior Director Vertical Market Solutions, Product Management at VT iDirect, added “Integrating satellite communications into 5G network architectures is critical toward enabling telecommunication providers to support rapidly accelerating demand for enterprise and mobile applications.” Mr Boyd continued, “With the industry working together, along with the GVF and EMP partnering alongside 5G World to reinforce the intrinsic value of satellite, we are on the cusp of changing how satellite is deployed in order to match 5G infrastructure."

Paul Stahl, Executive Director of EMP, noted that “Four interactive sessions comprised the core of the day’s discussions, with panellists delivering brief introductory perspectives on the session themes prior to engaging in moderator-led dialogue with the audience. Insight into the introductory perspectives may still be gained now, after the event, because of the GVF-EMP Partnership’s policy of publishing presentation slides on a free-of-charge basis to anyone engaged in contributing to the dialogue of satellite-wireless integration. PDF files of the slide decks can be accessed at the GVF-EMP Cellular Backhaul website.

The programme for ‘Cellular Backhaul 2018: Satellite + 3G, 4G, LTE & 5G Leveraging the Now! & The Sometime Soon’, featured the following speaker/panellists (in order of appearance):

  • Javier Santos, Business Development Engineer, Inster

  • Richard Swardh, SVP Mobile Networks Operators, Comtech EF Data

  • Simon Gatty Saunt, VP Sales EMEA Fixed-Data, SES Networks

  • Luisa Fernandez Peña, Marketing Manager Products & Services, Hispasat

  • Robert Novak, Director Business Development Mobile Networks, ND Satcom

  • Semir Hassanaly, Market Director Mobile Backhaul & Trunking, Newtec

  • Chris Boyd, Senior Director Vertical Market Solutions, Product Management, VT iDirect

  • Raz Ben Haim, Product Line Manager, Backhaul Solutions, Gilat Satellite Networks

  • Dario Mulassano, Business Development Director, Hughes

  • Mark Lambert, VP Business Development, Kratos Communications Ltd

  • Paul Scardino, SVP Sales Operations Engineering & Marketing, Globecomm

  • Alex Holvoet, SVP Program Management, LeoSat

  • Alvaro Sanchez, General Manager, Integrasys

  • Fabien Robineau, Regional Director EMEA, AsiaSat

  • Gerry Collins, Director Mobile Network Operator Product Management, Intelsat

  • Kieran Arnold, Head of Networks & Systems, Satellite Applications Catapult

  • Travis Mooney, Consultant Managed Services, ArabSat

‘Cellular Backhaul’, whilst being the first programme in the GVF-EMP series to be contextually embedded within an industry-linked event, was not the first GVF programme to adopt this format, and nor will it be the only example of this format in the GVF-EMP 2018 portfolio.

Previously, on 5th June, GVF ran the ‘GVF Maritime Connectivity Seminar: Today's Broadband Satellite Imperative’, an innovation embedded within the Posidonia 2018 maritime exhibition in Athens, featuring the support and participation of Inmarsat Maritime, Marlink, and VT iDirect.

On 19th July, the embedded format approach will again feature with ‘AeroConnect@Farnborough: Inflight... Online: The Connected Revolution Continues... at 35,000 feet’ when the established GVF-EMP ‘AeroConnect’ programme will take place during one of the Farnborough International Air Show 2018 trade days.


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