Industry White Paper

5G NTN Takes Flight: Technical Overview of 5G Non-Terrestrial Networks

May 01, 2024 by Rohde & Schwarz
Topics Covered
  • Commercial and Private Satellite Constellation
  • NTN Architecture and Constellation Aspects
  • NTN RF Aspects and challenges
  • NTN Procedures and Protocol Stack

White Paper Overview 

5G non-terrestrial networks (NTN) is a technology aiming to enable 5G user terminals on or close to the earth’s surface to connect to non-terrestrial base stations located on satellites. We consider it to be a technology that has still to undergo much long-term evolution. This white paper aims to provide you with an overview of the major aspects of the technology and corresponding challenges. We have tried to incorporate the latest state of the technology involved, representing the current status of the standardization work ongoing in 3GPP.