Workshop on Satellite and Non-Terrestrial Networks for 5G – 2020


Among the main pillars of 5G is the ability to transmit and communicate information effectively and reliably. 5G systems are not only new protocols but, more importantly, they provide a new telecommunication infrastructure. As such, one of the challenges is to achieve a sound integration between the terrestrial and the non-terrestrial segments. Since communication satellites offer large-scale broadcasting capability and global coverage, they present effective communication means for 5G based networks, especially for the connection of remote areas and airborne/seaborne platforms. In the past few years, many satellite operators have upgraded their fleets to deliver enhanced functionalities and higher frequency reuse. In addition to the current fleet of geostationary satellites, the next-generation of MEO and LEO satellite constellations will be highly flexible and up to ten times more powerful than the current systems. Satellites and other non-terrestrial platforms such as airships, UAVs or blimps improve 5G systems by making them more agile, smart and robust. Therefore, the role of satellites and non-terrestrial networks should be investigated for the provision of the main use case areas of 5G systems covering not only enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) and massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC) but also highly resilient, self-sustaining and secure special purpose networks.

This workshop welcomes the latest research results and innovative solutions in the fields of signal & information processing, optimization, prototyping, and field demonstration for:

  • Air interface harmonization between terrestrial 5G and satellite systems
  • Machine Learning for satellite and non-terrestrial networks
  • Communications for spectrum sharing over non-terrestrial segments
  • Exploring and analysis of new frequency bands (Q/V/W)
  • Optical communication for satellite systems and ground stations
  • Interference of non-terrestrial networks
  • New architectures including GEO/MEO/LEO, airships, UAVs and blimps
  • Non-Terrestrial networks including airborne, HAPS and aerial platforms
  • Flexible payloads with onboard processing
  • Multi-antennas technologies for satellite and airborne platforms
  • Very high throughput satellites and related technologies
  • SDN/NFV concepts in integrated satellite-5G networks
  • Orchestration and network slicing for satellite-5G networks
  • Satellite based Internet of Things


Accepted and presented technical and workshop papers will be published in the IEEE 5G World Forum 2020 Conferences Proceedings and IEEE Xplore®. See the website for author requirements. Full details of submission procedures are available at

Papers will be fully peer reviewed. IEEE takes the protection of intellectual property very seriously. All submissions will be screened for plagiarism using Cross Check. By submitting your work you agree to allow IEEE to screen your work for plagiarism:

How to submit
Technical paper submissions can be up to 6 pages long and should be written either in an MS Word format or in a Latex format using the templates available at All papers must be submitted electronically.

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Important Dates

Deadline for paper submission: May 1, 2020  June 30, 2020
Acceptance Notification: June 30, 2020 July 15, 2020
Camera-Ready Submission: July 31, 2020


General Workshop Chair

Andreas Knopp
Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany

Workshop Co-Chairs

Mianxiong Dong
Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan

Giovanni Giambene
University of Siena, Italy

Maria Guta
European Space Agency / ESTEC, Netherlands


RMIT University, Australia

Vijitha Weerackody
Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Lab, US