According to IEEE, organizations recognize non-terrestrial networks (NTNs) as a key component to provide cost-effective and high-capacity connectivity in future 6G networks.
Next-generation wireless networks such as 6G are envisioned to break the boundaries of the current terrestrial-based systems and fully adopt the Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTNs).
NTNs includes both earth orbit satellites and airborne vehicles.
Analysts report that NTN is growing in importance owing to its ability to offer anything, anytime, anywhere connectivity – in other words, connecting the unconnected.
6G is expected to bring many advancements and innovations in the NTN field, including increased data rates, higher spectral efficiency, better security and privacy, and enhanced reliability and robustness.
Additionally, 6G is expected to enable new use cases and applications, such as virtual and augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, and space-based services.
Overall, NTN solutions are an important component of the 6G vision, as they can provide seamless and ubiquitous connectivity, even in remote and underserved areas, and enable new use cases and applications that are not possible with terrestrial networks alone.
NTN solutions can be classified into several categories, including:
Satellite Communication Networks: This category of NTN solutions uses satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), or Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) to provide communication services. LEO and MEO satellites can provide low latency and high-speed communication, while GEO satellites are mainly used for broadcasting and telecommunication services.
High Altitude Platforms (HAPs): This category of NTN solutions includes stratospheric balloons and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones. HAPs can provide connectivity services in areas where terrestrial networks are not available or are inadequate.
Space-based Internet of Things (IoT) Networks: This category of NTN solutions involves the deployment of a network of nanosatellites or CubeSats to provide connectivity services for IoT devices. These networks are designed to provide low-power and low-cost communication services for IoT devices in remote or underserved areas.
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.
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6G Cybersecurity Training Bootcamp
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