One of the benefits of both 5G and 6G is how these technologies can act as conduits for Non Terrestrial Networks (NTNs).
Satellites maximize the inherent value of 5G networks by solving coverage problems and difficult use-cases that ground-based infrastructure alone cannot address. 5G standards make Non Terrestrial Networks – including satellite segments – a recognized part of 5G connectivity infrastructure.
However, experts in this area report there is more work to be done to ensure that satellite systems are integrated as an intrinsic part of the 5G ecosystem.
With the speedier 6G, networks should be able to utilize NTNs with more advanced use cases.
6G research is currently focusing on the development of Non Terrestrial Networks to promote ubiquitous and high-capacity global connectivity. While previous wireless generation networks have been traditionally designed to provide connectivity for a quasi bi-dimensional space, 6G envisions a three-dimensional heterogeneous architecture in which terrestrial infrastructures are complemented by non-terrestrial stations.
These non-terrestrial stations include Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), High Altitude Platforms (HAPs), and satellites.
With 6G technology, not only can these elements provide on-demand cost-effective coverage in crowded and unserved areas, but they can also guarantee trunking, backhauling, support for high-speed mobility, and high-throughput hybrid multiplay services.
Non-terrestrial systems feature a terrestrial terminal, an aerial/space station, which may operate similarly to a terrestrial base station, a service link between the terrestrial terminal and the aerial/space station, and a gateway that connects the non-terrestrial access network to the core network through a feeder link.
Want to learn more? Tonex offers Overview of NTNs in 6G, a 2-day technology training course that covers the evolution of Non-Terrestrial Networks, how they operate and what their future likely holds.
Participants will focus on how 6G technology is expected to expand the roles of NTNs and who can expect to benefit in both private and military realms.
Additionally, attendees will explore the differences between conventional NTNs and those backed by 6G technology, and how those differences can become significant advantages.
All told, Tonex offers more than two dozen courses in 6G technology. These courses include:
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