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 2018 Colloquium entitled Satellite for 5G will be held prior to the Joint Conference on Monday, October 15, 2018

The Colloquium is organized by the Co-Chairs:
Antonio Franchi, Telecommunications Future Projects, ESA
Jean-Luc Agostini, Satellite Systems, MDA

Colloquium Synopsis

Key industry players will debate the role of satellites in 5G and present upcoming system architectures.

With billions of devices connected to the Internet by 2020 all requiring constant connectivity, the wireless industry has a big job to do. 5G is a revolution in telecommunications; challenging space technologies, defining new sets of services, and fashioning network of networks. Satellite will complement 5G terrestrial systems and offer important societal and economic benefits.

At the same time, the space communication ecosystem is becoming the center of attention of new investors. Many Satcom constellation projects, both GEO and non-GEO, from both incumbent operators and new players are being proposed and implemented to respond to the global demand for data. The colloquium will look across a broad range of satellite systems and their role in delivering integrated 5G services and address how satellite and terrestrial 5G systems will interoperate.

Panelists from the Satellite and Cellular industry, GEO and non-GEO Satcom operators, prime manufacturers and suppliers, will be invited to discuss their approaches to deliver integrated 5G services, their architectures and their visions, in interactive sessions.


  • Huawei - Wen Tong (TBC)
  • Nokia - Michael Murphy, CTO America
  • Ericsson - Håkan Andersson, Head of Technology Strategy
  • SatixFy - Thierry Abraham (TBC)
  • Idirect - Denis Sutherland (TBC)
  • OneWeb - TBC
  • SES - TBC
  • Intelsat - TBC
  • Gilat - Dubi Lever (TBC)
  • Avanti - Omar Iqbal (TBC)
  • University of Surrey - Barry Evans (TBC)
  • Echostar - TBC
  • Phasor - TBC

09:00 - 09:15*
Colloquium Opening
The Co-Chairs will welcome attendees and open the Colloquium.

09:15 - 10:15*
Session 1: Satellite & 5G
S1 will cover a tutorial on 5G and an overview of the ESA Satellite for 5G initiative

10:15 - 10:30*
Cofee Break

10:30 - 12:30*
Session 2: From Use Cases to Architectures
S2 will address the main 5G Services and Use Cases and present views and status of activities from the 5G cellular world and the 5G satellite world, including consideration on hybrid 5G system architectures.

12:30 - 13:00*
Morning Q&A
The morning will conclude with a general Q&A open to All.

13:00 - 14:00*
Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:00*
Session 3: Operators Panel
S3 will be an interactive panel among 5G cellular and satellite (GSO and NGSO) Operators, debating opportunities and challenges of delivering 5G Services.

15:00 - 16:00*
Session 4: Industry Panel
S4 will be an interactive panel among 5G cellular and satellite Industry players, including network vendors and satellite prime manufacturers.

16:00 – 16:15*
Coffee Break

16:15 – 17:30*

Session 5: Satellite Challenges in 5G and Way Forward
S5 will address 5G satellite challenges and opportunities, including standardization and spectrum, followed by an interactive panel drawing conclusion remarks.

17:30 – 18:00*

Afternoon Q&A
The afternoon will conclude with a general Q&A open to All.

(*) Tentative timing

Early bird fees are available till September 7, 2018.



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