The study for a space based 5G infrastructure “5G-IS”, which is funded by the European Space Agency (ESA), will propose a comprehensive technical and programmatic vision of how a 5G and beyond 5G space-based infrastructure can provision services for consumer and vertical market segments meeting 5G key performance indicators for performance, reliability, resilience and security. The study undertakes the task to propose how to best deploy a space-based infrastructure and deliver services in an effective and timely manner.
The key objectives of the study are:
- To consolidate requirements to support vertical market segments and consumers, in agreement with ESA, industry stakeholders and regulators
- To define services that support vertical market segments over the mid (2025) and long term (beyond 2030)
- To define overall system architecture and its components
- To define system convergence and integration with 5G and beyond 5G terrestrial networks, considering standard technologies such as 3GPP and any other relevant standards
- To elaborate roadmaps in support of the development, validation, implementation of the proposed architecture and its components, including necessary research
- To establish recommendations for financing mechanisms with valid procurement and deployment models for the realisation of the proposed infrastructure.
Under the leadership of Airbus Defence & Space GmbH, Eurescom GmbH jointly with the partners Fraunhofer (institutes IIS and FOKUS) and Universität der Bundeswehr will design a space based infrastructure for delivering standards based 5G and beyond 5G communication services.
The planned completion of the study is mid 2022.