Satellite Communications in the 5G Era

Our book chapter entitled “NFV-based Scenarios for Satellite -Terrestrial Integration” by H. Koumaras, G. Gardikis, Ch. Sakkas, G. Xilouris, V. Koumaras, M. A. Kourtis was published by IET at the book “Satellite Communications in the 5G Era” (Editors Shree Krishna Sharma, Symeon Chatzinotas and Pantelis-Daniel Arapoglou) (link to book site).

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The book explores promising scenarios for 5G Satellite Communications (SatCom), novel paradigms for satellite-terrestrial integration and emerging technologies for the next generation of satellite systems and hybrid/integrated satellite-terrestrial systems, and focuses on recent research efforts towards 5G and beyond.

Our contribution focuses on describing NFV-based scenarios for satellite-terrestrial integration.

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23rd International Conference on Telecommunications

CALL FOR PAPERS
23rd International Conference on Telecommunications (ICT 2016)
May 16-18, 2016, Thessaloniki, Greece
http://ict-2016.org

Highlights:
– ICT 2016 conference is Technically co-sponsored by IEEE Communications Society
– Accepted, registered and presented papers will be published in the ICT 2016 conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.
– Distinguished Keynote Speakers announced:
Mohamed-Slim Alouini (King Abdullah Univer. of Science and Technology)
Mike Short (Vice President – Telefonica Europe)
Robert Schober (Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

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Important Dates:
Paper submission (main track): January 31, 2016
Special Session Proposals: January 15, 2016 (extension upon request)
Paper submission (Special Sessions): February 15, 2016
Paper Acceptance Notification: March 1, 2016
Camera-Ready Papers: March 10, 2016

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Scope:
The 23rd International Conference on Telecommunications (ICT 2016) will be held in Thessaloniki, a modern metropolis bearing the marks of its stormy history and its cosmopolitan character, known for its hospitality and cuisine.

This year’s theme “Expansion to Small” aims to draw research community’s attention to the enormous anticipated expansion of communication systems through small architectures and devices. Small cells, short wavelengths, small sensors, small scale communications going down to molecular level are expected to boost next generation communications leading to Big Data networking, massive Internet of Things and green, energy efficient applications. Additionally, high quality papers on all aspects of contemporary research and applications of telecommunications are welcome.

The Organizing Committee invites proposals for Workshops/Special Sessions/Tutorials/Demos to be held in ICT 2016. More information can be found in http://ict-2016.org (under “Submissions”).

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Submission Guidelines:
Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality original technical papers reporting original research of theoretical or applied nature for presentation at the conference and publication in the IEEE ICT 2016 Proceedings. All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed. The manuscripts must be prepared in English with a maximum paper length of five (5) printed pages (following the standard IEEE 2-column format) without incurring additional page charges (maximum 2 additional pages with over length page charge of USD100 for each page if accepted). Please note that for every accepted contribution, at least one person must register for the conference and present. Accepted papers not presented in the conference will be excluded from the proceedings.

All papers for ICT 2016 should be submitted via EDAS using http://www.edas.info/newPaper.php?c=21703

Workshop/Tutorials/Special Sessions/Demo proposals can be directed to the corresponding chairs as described in the conference web site.

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Organizing Committee:

General Co-Chairs:
Mischa Dohler, King’s College London, UK
George Karagiannidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Technical Program Chairs:
Periklis Chatzimisios, Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki, Greece
Athanasios C. Iossifides, Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki, Greece
Shiwen Mao, Auburn University, USA
Kan Zheng, Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications, China
Vasilis Friderikos, King’s College London, UK

For all the members of the ICT 2016 Organizing Committee, please visit http://ict-2016.org/#Committees

New Journal Publication

713690The paper entitled as SDN/NFV-enabled satellite communications networks: Opportunities, scenarios and challenges published online at Elsevier Phycom Journal with DOI doi:10.1016/j.phycom.2015.10.007.

The paper focuses in the context of next generation 5G networks, where the satellite industry is clearly committed to revisit and revamp the role of satellite communications. As major drivers in the evolution of (terrestrial) fixed and mobile networks, Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) technologies are also being positioned as central technology enablers towards improved and more flexible integration of satellite and terrestrial segments, providing satellite network further service innovation and business agility by advanced network resources management techniques.

Through the analysis of scenarios and use cases, in this paper a description of the benefits that SDN/NFV technologies can bring into satellite communications towards 5G is provided. Three scenarios are presented and analysed to delineate different potential improvement areas pursued through the introduction of SDN/NFV technologies in the satellite ground segment domain. Within each scenario, a number of use cases are developed to gain further insight into specific capabilities and to identify the technical challenges stemming from them.

The accepted version of the paper can be downloaded here.