Satellite Ethernet Services for 4G/5G Networks

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This course provides a comprehensive understanding of ethernet-based satellite networks for mobile communications. Participants will learn about the fundamentals of satellite leased lines based on ethernet technology.

The course will cover MEF-standardized services and their role in ethernet-based satellite networks, bandwidth profiles for satellite, the architecture of mobile communications and their role in satellite networks carrier ethernet, mobile backhaul, supplemented by satellite use cases for corporate leased lines and mobile backhaul applications.

By the end of the course, participants will have gained a comprehensive understanding of ethernet-based satellite networks and their applications in mobile communications, as well as the practical knowledge and skills needed to develop and implement successful satellite solutions.

  • 3G/4G/5G Mobile Network Operators
  • Telecommunications companies (PTTs, Carriers)
  • Satellite Operators
  • Internet Service Providers
  • IT & System Integration Companies
  • Multinational companies that rely on satellites

Instructor-led Training

  • Classroom: 3 days
  • LIVE Virtual*: 20 hours
  • A minimum of 6 or more participants are required for a company-based LIVE Virtual course to commence
  • LIVE Virtual courses can be conducted for 5 hours or 7 hours daily. Please note that the number of training days will be extended if you opt for 5 hours daily.

There are no upcoming course dates currently scheduled for this course. If you are keen on attending this course, please register your interest and indicate your preferred start/end training dates via our course enquiry form for us to open a Classroom/LIVE Virtual class schedule for this course.

This course aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to plan, design, and optimize ethernet-based satellite leased lines and mobile backhaul solutions using satellite networks. At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of satellite leased lines based on ethernet
  • Identify MEF-standardized services and their role in ethernet-based satellite networks
  • Explain the attributes of point-to-point, multipoint-to-multipoint, and rooted-multipoint services in satellite networks
  • Understand Ethernet OAM based on IEEE 802.3ah and its use in satellite networks
  • Identify the bandwidth profiles for satellite, including Committed Information Rate (CIR) and Excess Information Rate (EIR)
  • Understand the basic architecture of mobile communications, including 3G/4G/5G technologies and their role in satellite networks
  • Understand mobile backhaul concepts and their relationship with satellite networks
  • Identify ethernet features on satellite modems and their use in satellite networks
  • Analyze case studies of successful satellite deployments and gain insights into future trends and challenges in the industry
  1. Recap of SATCOM Fundamentals
  • Characteristics of LEO, MEO, GEO Satellites and their Pros and Cons
  • Satellite Frequency Bands and their Pros and Cons
  • Multiplex Schemes: FDMA, TDMA, CDMA, SCPC, MCPC, etc.
  • Linear and Circular Polarization
  • Satellite Beams: Global, Regional, Spot Beams, Steerable Beams
  • EIRP and G/T
  • Link Planning: Transmit Power, Antenna Gains, Free Space Loss, Receive Power, etc.
  • Transponder: Carriers, Channel Assignments, Bent Pipe, Regenerative Type
  1. Case Study: APAC Operator’s Transformation of VSAT Network
  • Fiji Islands – Geography
  • Fiji – Telecom Statistics
  • Transmission Layout
  • VSAT Network
  • Telecom Operators in Fiji
  • Earth Station and Satellite Beam
  • VSAT Remote Setup
  • Transformation Journey
  • Project Challenges
  • Benefits
  • Learnings
  1. Satellite Solutions for 4G/5G
  • Satellite Benefits for 5G
  • Bandwidth and Latency Requirements of 5G Use Cases
  • 5G Use Cases: eMBB, uRLLC, mMTC
  • Technical and Standardization Issues
  1. 5G and 3GPP Releases for Satellite
  • Role of 3GPP
  • Organizational and Market Representation Partners
  • Specification Groups
  • Standardization Process
  • Standards and Releases
  • Cellular Backhaul via Satellites
  • Complimentary Role of Satellites in 5G
  • 3GPP Releases for Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN)
  • Release 17 and 18
  • Future Roadmap
  1. TCP/IP Fundamentals
  • Seven Layer Networking Model Vs TCP/IP Suite
  • Encapsulation, Decapsulation, and Headers
  • Addressing Mechanisms at Layers 2, 3, 4
  • Layer 2, Layer 3, and Layer 4 Functionalities
  • Switching and Routing Functions
  • Protocols at various Layers
  • Layer 2 Frame and Header
  • VLANs
  1. Mobile Generations and Backhauling Concepts
  • Evolution of Mobile Generations
  • Architectural Changes
  • Backhauling Technologies
  • Role of Satellite in Mobile Backhaul
  • 5G Network Architecture
  • Frequency Bands
  1. Carrier Ethernet Services and Mobile Backhaul
  • Carrier Ethernet vs Traditional Ethernet – MEF’s Vision
  • Standardized Services: E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree
  • Port-Based vs VLAN-Based Services
  • Subscriber vs Wholesale Services
  • Circuit Emulation Services
  • Satellite Mobile Backhaul
  • Migration of Mobile Backhaul from Legacy to Carrier Ethernet Network
  • Carrier Ethernet QoS and OAM
  1. QoS and OAM based on IEEE 802.3ah
  • Quality of Service and Class of Service
  • Bandwidth Profiles
  • Committed Information Rate and Committed Burst Size (CIR, CBS)
  • Excess Information Rate (EIR) and Excess Burst Size (EBS)
  • PCP and DEI Bits
  • Multiple Profiles and Envelope
  • Basic Terminology of OAM – MEG, MEP, MIP, ME, SOAM Domains
  • Service OAM vs Link OAM
  • Performance Management – Delay Measurement, Loss Measurement, Single-ended, Dual-ended
  • Fault Management – CCM, AIS, RDI, Loopback, LinkTrace
  • SOAM Super Operator


Note: A Certificate of Completion will only be issued upon achieving at least 75% attendance for the course.

Participants must have completed the ‘An Overview of Satellite Communications‘ course before taking this course. This course assumes and builds on participants’ foundational understanding of SATCOM.

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