Learning from the experience collected thus far through dialogue with industry, SatCom operators participating in the 5G Task Force and other stakeholders, there are some well-recognised opportunities brought by the advent of the new 5G communication networks. Among them:
1) Boost the societal impact of space-based applications, addressing new use cases and user communities through either integration of 5G SatCom and terrestrial networks and/or combining utilisation of space technologies/data and 5G networks.
2) Enhance the current space capabilities, leveraging on the unprecedented performances enabled by 5G networks.
Particularly, in the domain of satellite navigation, functionalities such as authentication, positioning accuracy, service reliability and traceability could be improved with respect to state-of-the-art solutions by exploiting 5G connectivity, thereby enabling novel service concepts in a number of vertical sectors. At the same time, also perceived as essential is the need to engage at an early stage with user communities, to provide compelling cases evidencing the role of space and 5G. In this context, ESA has initiated a dialogue with user communities and stakeholders that can take advantage in their respective verticals of the opportunities enabled by the utilisation of 5G networks integrated with space assets. Last year, ESA began a collaboration with the Economic Board Groningen (EBG), with the objective of supporting the development of space-based applications leveraging on 5G communications in the areas relevant to a rural environment, such as agriculture, healthcare, environment, transport and energy.
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