Special Issue "Satellite Communications in 5G Networks"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Athanasios Panagopoulos

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 9 Heroon Polytechneiou str, Zografou, Athens 15780, Greece
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Interests: Wireless and satellite communication systems; radio communications; cellular networks; software defined radios and software-defined networks; optimization; channel modeling; cyber-physical systems; high-throughput radio systems
Guest Editor
Dr. Charilaos I. Kourogiorgas

Rutheford Appleton Laboratory, Space of Science and Technology Facilities Council, North Star Avenue, ‎Swindon‎, SN2 1SZ, UK
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Interests: satellite communications; radio wave propagation; mobile communications; wireless communications
Guest Editor
Dr. Spiros Ventouras

Rutheford Appleton Laboratory, Space of Science and Technology Facilities Council, North Star Avenue, ‎Swindon‎, SN2 1SZ, UK
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Interests: satellite communications; radio wave propagation; experimental design and measurements; measurements;mathematical and statistical analysis; software development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The role of satellite networks is of utmost importance for providing ubiquitous Internet services. Due to their broadcasting ability and global coverage at standard cost, satellites present an effective communication platform capable of relaying radio signals virtually between any points on Earth. In the upcoming 5G era, the future cellular and satellite communication networks should be envisioned to support efficient and flexible resources management and provide customized services to meet the service-specific high-performance requirements in a variety of use cases. New higher frequency bands are also allocated for employment in the future cellular and satellite networks in order to support the new challenging demands by the users that generally need more bandwidth. The propagation channel plays the most crucial role in order to provide reliable communications, high availability and determine the system dimensioning (number of antennas, relays, etc.). The novelty on which 5G communication systems will establish and will make the system to be more agile, smart and robust is the exploitation of the Software Defined Networks (SDN), the Network Function Virtualizations (NFV) and the Artificial Intelligence (including Machine and Deep Learning) techniques. Therefore, the role of satellites should be investigated for the provision of the main services of 5G systems such as enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Ultra reliable low latency communications (URLLC), and machine or massive type of communications (mTC) for Machine to machine (M2M) communications.

This Special Issue aims at collecting original studies on advanced satellite communication technologies innovative architectures that combine various modalities, experiments that deploy prototype satellite systems, and the exploration of new frequency bands and orbits.

Prof. Athanasios D. Panagopoulos
Dr. Charilaos I. Kourogiorgas
Dr. Spiros Ventouras
Guest Editors

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  • high throughput satellite systems
  • multi-beam satellite systems
  • extremely high frequency RF and optical satellite systems
  • MIMO satellite communications
  • propagation measurements
  • software radio defined satellite receivers
  • satellite based internet of things
  • satellite based machine to machine communications
  • SDN/NFV satellite networks
  • artificial intelligence in satellite networks

Published Papers

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