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ITU Journal explores fast-approaching future of satellite communications

The latest issue of the ITU Journal on Future and Evolving Technologies explores the future of satellite communications in view of the paradigm shift from traditional geostationary satellite services to multi-layered space networks.

Innovation to create networks of satellites in geostationary, low, and medium Earth orbits – integrated with 5G and 6G networks and low-altitude access points such as unmanned aerial vehicles – has brought new strength to the pursuit of universal connectivity.

The envisaged network spanning all points from the ground to space could bring high-speed broadband access to remote areas. It could also support a diverse range of connectivity services, including direct connectivity between satellites and mobile phones or Internet of Things devices.

The new issue of the ITU Journal explores this vision, addressing research questions from adaptive beam hopping and resource allocation, terahertz communications for inter‑satellite links, and satellite channel modelling to inter‑satellite routing, new antenna designs, and experimental testbeds.

Read the editorial paper for more on prospects for satellite communications and an overview of the new issue’s contents.

The online journal – free of charge to both readers and contributors – offers comprehensive technology and innovation coverage. It welcomes research submissions all year long, on all topics relevant to the work of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Upcoming issues are set to address:

  • Intelligent technologies for future networking and distributed systems
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning solutions in 5G and future networks

The ITU Journal is currently inviting submissions for further issues on:

Journal webinars

Along with research articles, the online ITU Journal includes recorded webinar discussions with researchers and industry leaders.

The next Journal webinar on 25 June will explore networked robotics with Professor Enrico Natalizio from the University of Lorraine in France.

Kaleidoscope conferences

ITU’s Kaleidoscope academic conference series highlights emerging research trends and their implications for international standardization.

Digital innovation for sustainability will be in focus at ITU Kaleidoscope 2024: Innovation and digital transformation for a sustainable world, taking place from 21 to 23 October in New Delhi, India.

Kaleidoscope 2024 will run alongside the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly, the governing conference for ITU standardization work, set to happen in New Delhi from 15 to 24 October.

Join the ITU community

Academia and industry are key partners in research and development, as well as in bringing the latest innovations to market.

ITU Academia membership is another key avenue for academics to engage in the work of ITU.

Academia members participate in ITU expert groups responsible for radiocommunication, standardization, and development. Their participation strengthens ITU’s work while also heightening the impact of academic research.

ITU international standards, for example, support the global adoption of collaboratively developed solutions, boosting returns on investment for academia as well as industry.

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