Licensed shared access testbed for integrated satellite-terrestrial communications: The ASCENT project

Marko Höyhtyä, Mikko Majanen, Mika Hoppari, Pertti Järvensivu, Heikki Kokkinen, Arto Reis-Kivinen, Jaakko Ojaniemi, Olivier Pellay, Duc Pham Minh

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    The ASCENT project studies spectrum sharing between satellite and cellular networks using a licensed shared access (LSA) approach, in which information stored in a database is exploited to enable spectrum sharing between users. The project focuses on one side 5G pioneer bands 3.4-3.8 GHz and 24.25-27.5 GHz, which are well-recognized as satellite frequency bands, and on the other side on legacy international mobile telecommunication (IMT) frequency bands. We identified different spectrum sharing scenarios and defined four use cases. We have developed an LSA system testbed, which is used to study and validate the interest of the LSA approach in satellite/ terrestrial sharing scenarios. The results of our simulations and the tests realized on the testbed show that the LSA approach could be used to improve spectrum sharing between satellite and terrestrial networks. This approach could be envisaged to facilitate spectrum sharing between terrestrial mobile network such as international mobile telecommunications and satellite networks operating in a same frequency band. Such an approach could offer new spectrum sharing opportunities which could benefit to both mobile and satellite community. The LSA testbed and the results of the project will be further utilized to develop and assess new sharing scenarios that could lead to creating new spectrum opportunities for different radiocommunication systems.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Communications Satellite Systems
    Subtitle of host publication37th International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC 2019)
    PublisherInstitution of Engineering and Technology IET
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-83953-499-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event37th International Communications Satellite Systems Conference, ICSSC 2019 - Okinawa, Japan
    Duration: 29 Oct 20191 Nov 2019

    Publication series

    SeriesIET Conference Publications


    Conference37th International Communications Satellite Systems Conference, ICSSC 2019


    • 5G
    • Cognitive radios
    • Satellites systems
    • Spectrum sharing


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