This demo will showcase the deployment of a software-based operator network using satellite backhauling. Through engineering of the communication enablers at transport level (compression, performance enhancement, QoS) and through the appropriate parametrization and data traffic steering of the reference implementation of the Open5GCore, a smooth communication system was obtained enabling the cost effective coverage of fixed and mobile niche areas such as high speed train backhauling, planes and cruise ships, critical communication, remote locations (islands, rural, oil platforms) and overspill of urban locations. Most notably, no modification of the core network functionality was required, giving the option to deploy it with off-the-shelf available products. The demo shows the live performance of the system including a comprehensive emulation of the satellite backhaul, a transparent convergence layer, as well as a benchmarking tool enabling dynamic load generation and intuitive visualization.
The work presented in this demo was part of the ESA ARTES 5.1 study “Satcom integration with LTE-based core network emulator – SATINET” contract no. ESA 4000111941/15/NL/EM. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Space Agency.