Satellite’s Role in 5G
– Stitching Together the Network of Networks
The rollout of 5G and associated services will change the way we live, interact, and exchange information. Faster data rates, lower latency, and more efficient networks will allow for the development of more bandwidth-intensive services and experiences, enabling technologies such as autonomous vehicles, enhanced telemedicine, and higher-quality distance education. It will not, however, be feasible to roll out the ultra-dense, high-cost networks associated with 5G via only terrestrial means. Satellite can, and must play a role in stitching together the network of networks that is 5G, and with advancements such as LEO-HTS constellations, very High Throughput GEO satellites, and new types of ground equipment, the satellite industry is in a position to do just that. A panel of industry experts discusses the rapidly evolving role that satellite plays in the rollout of 5G, challenges and opportunities therein, and what the future of satellite-enabled 5G may be.