Evolving Satellite Communications Application in 5G Ecosystem Training


Today satellites offer a key element of communications for not only the landlocked countries and island states, but for other countries as well, mostly to connect dispersed populations. With the increase of satellite communications, its regulation is becoming overwhelmingly important. Participants of this five-day programme will gain a deep understanding of satellite communications, through classroom learning as well as by experiencing satellite communications engineering and regulation in practical settings. The course presents the fundamentals of satellite communications link design and provides an overview of practical considerations. Existing systems are described and analyzed, including direct broadcast satellites, VSAT links, and Earth-orbiting and deep space spacecraft. Topics include satellite orbits, link analysis, antenna and payload design, interference and propagation effects, modulation techniques, coding, multiple access, and Earth station design.


To provide understanding of theoretical fundamentals and practical considerations of satellite communications systems, including commercial and government satellites. Topics include satellite orbits, link equations, system performance, communications payload, modulation techniques, on-board processing, earth stations, and propagation effects.

Target Audience

Applications are invited from the officials working in the Government Departments, Faculty of the State Administrative, Regulatory Authorities, Telecoms Service Providers, Training Institutes and other Academic Training Institutes, Business and technical managers or engineers who need an understanding of the Satellite Communications. Technical and non-technical staff of telecommunications service providers and sector regulators who require a general understanding of the ever evolving telecommunications eco-structure to have a clear understanding of basic satellite communications.

Course Contents

Business Model in Satellite Communications

  • Satellite services
  • Satellite organizations
  • Private satellite networks
  • Radio regulatory considerations
  • Objectives of frequency/orbit management
  • Frequency allocations

Categories of Satellite Services

  • L, S, C, Ku, Ka bands
  • Types of communication services
  • Broadcasting Satellite Service
  • Fixed Satellite Service
  • Mobile Satellite Service

Satellite Communications Service Positioning Overview

  • Common types of satellites
  • Satellite-based broadcasts
  • Satellite TV
  • Satellite radio, and pagers
  • Satellite phones
  • Communications Satellites
  • Why satellites for communications
  • Low Earth-Orbiting (LEO) communications satellites
  • Geosynchronous Earth-Orbiting (GEO) communications satellites
  • MEOs and HEOs
  • Satellite transmission planning
  • Link-budget analysis
  • satellite-based networks
  • VSAT networks

Satellite communications systems Design

  • Basic Components
  • Transmitters
  • Antennas
  • Power Generation
  • Air Interfacing and Networking
  • Basic Link Engineering
  • Satellite Systems Planning
  • Antennas
  • Link Budgets
  • Multiple Access Techniques
  • Mobile and Satellite PCN
  • Military Satellite Communications
  • Internet Service Provision over Satellite
  • VSATs Networks and Services
  • Satellite Navigation and Positioning
  • Satellite Broadcasting

Satellite Networks

  • Space network architectures
  • Orbit types: GEO, LEO, MEO, HEO
  • Modulation, Coding, Interleaving
  • Free space propagation
  • Link budgets for single link and multiple links
  • Effects of the propagation delay
  • Echo suppressors and echo cancelers
  • Spectrum allocations for satellite systems
  • Multiple Access techniques: FDMA, TDMA, CDMA, OFDM
  • Satellite component of UMTS
  • VoIP Problems over Satellite
  • ITU-T IMT-2000

Link design, Modulation and Antennas

  • Satellite systems planning
  • Basic transmission principles
  • Key parameters: EIRP G/T, SFD, Input/output Backoff, C/No, Eb/No
  • Typical link budget, link margin and availability
  • Digital VSAT
  • Modulation systems (QPSK, OQPSK, MSK, 8PSK, and 16 QAM)
  • Basic aperture antenna definitions and relationships
  • Typical antenna configurations for satellite communications

Propagation and Interference

  • Radio noise
  • Ionospheric effects
  • Tropospheric effects
  • Interference between satellite networks
  • Interference with terrestrial networks

Future Satellite Communication Trends

  • Service Provisions and Quality for Analog/Digital
  • Television and audio broadcasting
  • Satellite Phones
  • Voice and Video over IP
  • Real-time audio, video and data
  • Satellite VPN services


Training Details

Dates: 1st-5th October 2018

Cost:  Tuition Fee for AFRALTI Members (USD) – 1,200

Tuition Fee for Non-AFRALTI Members (USD)- 1,440

Duration: 5 Days

Venue: Afralti Training Centre.

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