What to expect from your 5G service performance?

A technical feasibility study will provide detailed simulations, analysis, and recommendations regarding your future 5G NTN service’s potential strengths and weaknesses based on your specific combination of technology (NR, NB-IoT or eMTC) and the satellite-based network used for offering NTN services.

The feasibility study will be tailored to your specific challenges but will generally include system capacity calculations, performance trade-offs and suggestions on how to maximize performance under the chosen link/fading conditions and network configuration. Enhance the probability of a successful demonstration and commercialization of your future 5G NTN service by building your business case on a thorough technical feasibility analysis.

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Benefits

A technical feasibility study from Gatehouse Satcom will enable you to:

  • Estimate future network capacity
  • Confirm efficient use of your spectrum
  • Compare technologies based on their estimated network performance
  • Make strategic system architecture decisions for current or future satellites
  • Secure a strong market position by being ready for standardized 5G NTN
  • Ensure desired end-user experience relating to e.g., Quality of service
  • Obtain an unbiased analysis from independent waveform experts

Process

Every feasibility study will be tailored to your specific case and needs, based on your input.

Targeted technology

Firstly, we will need to know what technology you are targeting: NB-IoT, eMTC, New Radio or other?

Define overall goal

Secondly, we will ask you to define your overall goal: Do you have a current system you want to analyze the achievable performance of? Or do you have a desired system performance you want to achieve?

Expected outcome

Together we will formulate a line of questions you want to have answered through the feasibility study. The questions will guide the further process of defining what input we need from you, work packages and alignment of what output you can expect.

Get in touch

Are you building a business case for your future 5G Non-Terrestrial Network service?

Please do not hesitate to get in touch to learn more about how GateHouse can help you strengthen you 5G NTN business case and strategy with a Technical Feasibility Study.

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FAQ

How does the 5G NB-IoT NTN standard handle the case that the device is rapidly moving (covering multiple TA in a small time period) and need to be connected to a NGSO network?

Category: 5G NTN Technical

This depends on the situation. First, there need to be feeder link switch-overs in place to secure connection to ground from any satellite. Secondly the device may have to do cell-reselection if moving into coverage of another cell. If moving out of the tracking area it will have to do tracking area update procedure (TAU). If a connection is established through one satellite this connection can be kept even if the device is moving between tracking areas. It may involve a tracking area update of the device.

How many SAT are needed to have 1 min of tracking?

Category: 5G NTN Technical

Depending on the orbit, configuration and antenna system this can be quite different. However 1-2 min of tracking with one CubeSat in LEO at 600km height is possible.

Can devices emerged in sea be caught by the SAT, or would the device need to be exposed to the sky?

Category: 5G NTN Technical

“The first issue with being submerged in water is the additional propagation loss in the water: Water being conductive severely attenuates radio frequencies. So it would be key to stay at a low depth. Better link budget, ie. directional antennas and higher transmission powers, can help overcome this issue to some extend.

The second issue is refraction between the air-water mediums. Refraction happens when a wave travels through a medium of one density into another medium of a different density. This causes the path of the wave to bend and also slows down the speed of the wave which in turn decreases the wavelength, which an underwater receiver must also account for.

In short the underwater scenario is very challenging and it would be advantageous to communicate at the surface.”

GateHouse SatCom conducted a comprehensive feasibility study, successfully modelling the performance of the world’s first 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio non-terrestrial network (NTN) operating in low-earth orbit (LEO). We now have a solid foundation to advance the implementation of our future NGSO system that will support standardized 5G connectivity.

– Brian Pemberton, Chief Commercial Officer, Omnispace

Gain a competitive advantage

Let us help you enable your 5G NTN roadmap. By using our proven satellite 5G solution you will:

  • Gain easy access to satellite networks
  • Shorten your time to market and reduce risk
  • Save money and improve your business case

Normally, it takes years and cost a lot to develop a reliable and advanced protocol stack for a 24/7 working satellite service.

By using an already proven solution, you can focus on your business and serving your clients instead of dealing with technical difficulties.

Products for any phase of your 5G NTN roadmap

Feasibility

Building your business case on a thorough technical feasibility analysis will enhance the probability of a successful demonstration and commercialization of your future 5G NTN service. The feasibility study will be tailored to your specific challenges but will generally include system capacity calculations, performance trade-offs and suggestions on how to maximize performance under the chosen link/fading conditions and network configuration.

Demonstration

Once you have a business case defined you will enter the demonstration phase. In this phase you will likely perform both off-air as well as on-air demonstrations to confirm and tweak 5G NTN performance before making it commercially available. For off-air testing you can apply a tool such as the 5G NTN Network Emulator (NEMU) for low risk and low cost testing in a fully simulated and controlled environment. Once you are ready to perform in-orbit testing, you will need to have a 5G NTN NodeB installed on your satellite(s), which we can offer on a trial basis before entering into commercial deployment.

Commercial

Are you a satellite operator looking to offer 5G NTN enabled services, our 5G NTN NB-IoT NodeB software will allow you to do just that – and with a fast time to market. Our 5G NTN NB-IoT NodeB software is 3GPP compliant, mature and commercial off-the-shelf. We have decades of experience with developing and maintaining satellite communications protocol stacks and through our seat in ETSI and 3GPP, we have an optimal vantage point for delivering the software to power 5G NTN connectivity.

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5G technology

5G NB-IoT
NTN UE
Software

The 5G NTN UE software is for terminal manufacturers that want to develop and manufacture a 5G NTN capable terminal based on an SDR hardware platform.

5G NB-IoT
NTN NodeB
Software

The 5G NTN NodeB software can be applied in either a test set up or deployed into a commercial satellite system. The software is 3GPP compliant, mature and commercial off-the-shelf.

5G NTN
Network
Emulator

The 5G NTN Network Emulator provides a controlled environment to emulate various real-world scenarios to validate analysis and feasibility studies.

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Raphaela Teixeira
Sales Executive

I look forward to discuss your current roadmap for 5G NTN and show how we can help you strengthen it.

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