5G Workshop

5G and Satellite Spectrum, Standards and Scale

This two day multi-disciplinary Master Class has been developed for engineering, marketing and financial team leaders planning or implementing 5G networks and or next generation LEO, MEO and GSO satellite networks.
It is also intended to be directly relevant to vendors developing associated products and services, to vertical market stakeholders including the automotive industry, utilities, public safety agencies and defence industry, web scale internet companies and regulatory agencies. 

The workshop combines practical detail with strategic insight gained from over 30 years of involvement in the mobile broadband and satellite sector and consists of four sessions. The objective is to highlight and quantify potential under developed ‘mutual interest’ opportunities between the 5G and satellite industry.

Session 1: 5G and Satellite spectrum (Day 1 Morning)

There is considerable debate as to where 5G can be profitably deployed in terms of spectrum allocation with options that include UHF, L band, S band, C band, Ku-band, Ka-band and E band. In this first session we review all present and potential future pass band options and possible channel plans and explore the technical trade-offs between multiplexing gain, RF efficiency and DSP bandwidth. 5G and satellite and radar system coexistence and spectral access and ownership issues are discussed together with guard band and filter implications and their related impact on device performance and device and network economics.

We include a case study on sub 1 GHz 5G (Sub G 5G) and 3GPP/IMT2020 Low Mobility Large Cell work items and consider the potential benefits of scaling 5G to larger radius cells coupled to the use of satellites for 5G backhaul, as 5G repeaters and relays for urban and rural large and small cell coverage and emerging ‘server in the sky’ applications (above the cloud storage).

Session 2: 5G and Satellite Standards and Scale (Day 2 Afternoon)

We summarize the present 3GPP Release 15 and Release 16 standards process and related IEEE and 5GTF standards initiatives including the proposed convergence of fixed access and mobile standards and review the practical impact of band plan and channel plan and guard band options on physical layer implementation including sub carrier options (15, 30, 60, 120, 240 KHz or 75 KHz) and modulation options with a case study of how candidate 5G waveforms (FBMC,UFMC,GFDM and f-OFDM) will coexist with satellite A-PSK.

We compare the 5G standards process with present and likely future satellite standards and the link between satellite enabling technologies (angular power management and fractional beam width antennas) and standards based intellectual property added value and cost and highlight the need for global scale as a pre requisite for sustainable ROI. The cost economics of sub 1 GHz 5G are explored (450 MHz, 600,700,800,900 MHz 5G refarming) in the context of specific vertical market requirements together with a cost economic assessment of satellite and terrestrial service integration.

Session 3: 5G and Satellite Supply Chain and Stakeholder Interests (Day 2 Morning)

We compare and contrast the 5G and satellite industry supply chains and other related supply chains including the automotive industry, web scale companies, defence and near and deep space industry. Our sector analysis includes enterprise value and related debt ratios, cash position and future competitive positioning.

Session 4: 5G and Satellite Regulatory and Competition Policy (Day 2 Afternoon)

The impact of the evolving supply chain on 5G and satellite regulatory and competition policy is analysed and discussed in the context of future spectral asset value including related issues of auction policy and the arguments for and against low cost and no cost spectrum and primary and secondary access rights.

Every delegate receives a copy of Geoff Varrall’s latest book ‘5G Spectrum and Standards’ published by Artech House and an electronic copy of the slide deck,

The workshop costs between $3000 and $5000 dollars depending on number of delegates and location – the cost excludes venue costs which will be budgeted separately.