Space based Communications, Applications and Technologies in the 5G Era:
Moving forward to the Third Decade of the 21st Century

Niagara Falls, Canada, October 15 - 18, 2018

The 24th Ka and Broadband Communications Conference and the 36th International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC), the two most influential technical conferences on satellite systems, will be held jointly in Niagara Falls, Canada, on October 15th through 18th, 2018. The first day, October 15, will be devoted exclusively to the ICSSC Colloquium.

The theme of the 2017 Joint Conference was transformation and a major panel in that conference identified the challenges the satellite communications industry faces when transforming itself into a world of ubiquitous 5G networks. The 2018 Joint Conference will address those challenges, looking forward to the employment of new technologies, architectures and system solutions over the next 5 years and well into the third decade of this century.

The Conference will look at a broad spectrum of space communications topics, including the evolution of GEO from traditional area coverage to Ultra High Throughput Satellites (UHTS), the growing number of mega constellations expected to enter service in the next decade, navigation applications such as vehicle autonomy, wideband data backhaul from scientific and remote sensing payloads in LEO, and the extension of the 5G network to near earth, lunar and deep space environments in support of human exploration.

Beyond addressing new applications and integration with the future terrestrial networks, the conference technical program and panel discussions will also cover challenges the industry faces in terms of contention for spectrum, interference and orbital debris management.

Given the theme of this year’s conference it is appropriate that we are holding it in Niagara Falls, Canada less than an hour away from Alexander Graham Bell’s family home in Brantford, Ontario.

The Joint Conference will provide a forum for discussing the above challenges together with the latest results in propagation research at Ka and Q/V bands.

Highlights of the Joint Conference:

  • 36th ICSSC Colloquium
  • Plenary Opening Session, Keynote Speeches and Plenary Panels
  • 16th BroadSky Workshop
  • 5th General Assembly of the Aldo Paraboni Propagation Experimenters Group (ASAPE)
    An open forum of researchers performing propagation campaigns with the Aldo Paraboni payload and other satellite payloads at Q/V bands and beyond.
    - 2017 Assembly Report

The registration to the Conference website is free and allows receiving updates on the Conference program, the ICSSC Colloquium, the BroadSky Workshop, the social events and other pertinent information.




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   Information & Inquiries should be directed to:

   the Ka Conference Technical Program Co-Chairs at and at
   the Joint Conference Organization at


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