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Constellations of 5G satellites are set to play a vital role in completing the technology and connectivity ecosystem addressing critical connectivity challenges, such as data speed and coverage limitations as well fulfilling the needs of a wide range of emerging use cases. We have seen a revolution in the thinking around the potential for 5G applications but while there are considerable opportunities, there are also several challenges.

This webinar will take a deep dive into the market and consider the best technical, strategic and regulatory approaches involved in designing and launching 5G satellite services. It will:

  • Detail the market landscape for satellite 5G including: 5G standards and Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) and the state of the current LEO broadband market, including key technology issues in current systems.
  • Provide an overview of direct-to-handset: re-use of satellite frequencies vs ad hoc terrestrial spectrum use (AST), pros and cons of each approach.
  • Outline the market motivations and use cases for full 5G and the technical and regulatory challenges and current geopolitical considerations.
  • Explain lessons that can be learnt from prior attempts at offering cellular service from space including funding needs, and performance shortfalls.
  • It will also provide a detailed technical overview of the 5G radio challenges,  techniques that can be used to improve ‘receive sensitivity’, and AccelerComms Layer 1 solutions for Space applications


Professor Rob Maunder CTO of AccelerComm

Prof Robert G. Maunder is the founder and CTO of AccelerComm Ltd, which he spun-out of the University of Southampton, UK in 2016. Rob has studied with the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, since October 2000. He was awarded a first class honours BEng in Electronic Engineering in July 2003, as well as a PhD in Telecommunications in December 2007. He began a lectureship in November 2007 and was promoted to Associate Professor in March 2013 and to Professor in August 2017. He was awarded Senior Member status of the IEEE in December 2012, Chartered Engineer status of the IET in November 2013 and Fellow status of the IET in January 2017. Rob's research interests include joint source/channel coding and the holistic design of algorithms and hardware implementations for wireless communications. He has published over 100 IEEE papers in these areas.

Tim Farrar President at TMF Associates

Tim was head of Analysys’s satellite consulting group from 1997 to 2002, developing a multi-million dollar stream of business, advising leading operators, service providers and equipment manufacturers on strategy and market development. He has provided extensive high-level strategy and market advice to many of the most prominent operators in the satellite industry, as well as a number of prominent technology companies.

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