Summary of capabilities

Contact: luxemburg-facility@5g-vinni.eu

The 5G-VINNI moving experimentation facility site will concentrate on the research, development, experimentation, validation and demonstration of customized solutions for satellite integration into 5G, with focus on satellite backhauling solutions.

The 5G-VINNI moving experimentation facility site is enabled by the satellite connected vehicle (or else referred to as “Rapid Response Vehicle” – RRV) which is owned by SES and provides satellite backhaul capabilities (see Figure below). RRV is a multi-purpose communications platform mainly for governmental and PPDR use cases, its architecture is modular and supports evolution, it is highly resilient due to its multi-band capability, it is designed to be easily configured, even remotely, quickly deployed and operational in minutes, and built for client showcases and demonstrations. As such, the SES’s owned RRV will enable the 5G-VINNI moving experimentation facility site to become a rolling lab for 5G mission specific solutions.

The 5G-VINNI moving experimentation facility site will be interconnected through satellite with the 5G-VINNI Berlin experimentation facility site and the SES’s teleport facility site located in Betzdorf (Luxembourg) (see Figure below). It will also host a satellite 5G testbed node which will provide SDN/NFV/MEC capabilities and enable both eMBB and mMTC use cases over satellite.

SES’s Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV)

Summary of capabilities

  • GEO/MEO satellites
  • C/X/Ku/Ka-band
  • Satellite teleport
  • Satellite backhauling
  • Satellite 5G testbed node with SDN/NFV/MEC
  • Satellite interconnection with Berlin Facility site
  • eMBB, mMTC use cases
KPIs and Use Cases

Satellite use cases for both eMBB and mMTC usage scenarios will be supported by the 5G-VINNI moving experimentation facility site.

RRV is a multi-purpose communications platform mainly for governmental and PPDR use cases. However, other verticals can be supported as well, such as Media and Transportation:

  • Public Safety Communications
  • Emergency Response
  • Disaster Relief
  • Civil Protection
  • Telemedicine
  • Video Contributions
  • Connected Vehicles

Relevant key KPIs to be challenged and validated include:

  • Ubiquity
  • Reliability
  • Throughput
Architecture and Components of the Facility Site

The figure below depicts the satellite interconnection between the 5G-VINNI moving experimentation facility site and Berlin experimentation facility site.

Satellite Interconnection between 5G-VINNI Moving Experimentation Facility Site and 5G-VINNI Berlin Experimentation Facility Site

SES will provide access to its owned and operated multi-orbit (GEO/MEO) and multi-band (C/X/Ku/Ka) satellite fleet as well as to its owned and operated IP/MPLS global access teleport network and satellite uplink/downlink facilities (see Figure below) for live over-the-air demonstrations and validation of the target 5G KPIs and use cases.

SES’s Network Map (August 2018)

The SES’s owned satellite connected vehicle (RRV) will enable the 5G-VINNI moving experimentation facility site to become a rolling lab for 5G mission specific solutions. The RRV can be rapidly deployed and provide satellite backhaul capabilities (either as a primary or backup connectivity) enabling local terrestrial communications. The RRV is already equipped with a variety of capabilities, including Wi-Fi technology, licensed VHF radios for push to talk (“PTT”) applications as well as with high-definition video surveillance cameras and autonomous power supply. Other local terrestrial communications systems which can be integrated with the RRV infrastructure correspond to Customer Furnished Items (CFIs) and include systems such as e.g., 4G/5G RAN, TETRA, and M2M/IoT. Further details on the SES’s owned RRV capabilities can be found here: https://www.ses.com/rapid-response-vehicle-rrv

The 5G-VINNI moving experimentation facility site will host a satellite 5G testbed node which is being developed in cooperation with Fraunhofer FOKUS as part of the ESA ARTES funded project “SATis5” (Demonstrator for Satellite-Terrestrial Integration in the 5G Context, https://artes.esa.int/projects/satis5). This satellite 5G testbed node will provide SDN/NFV/MEC capabilities and enable both eMBB and mMTC use cases over satellite. With reference to the satellite 5G testbed architecture depicted in Figure below, the Edge Node will reside within the 5G-VINNI moving experimentation facility site, the Central Cloud Node within the 5G-VINNI Berlin experimentation facility site, whereas the Satellite Network will build upon the SES’s multi-orbit (GEO/MEO) and multi-band (C/X/Ku/Ka) satellite system infrastructure.

Satellite 5G TestbedArchitecture

 

(Source: ESA ARTES project “SATis5”)

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