2, October 2017

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO8918
Open Date: 18/09/2017
Closing Date: 04/12/2017 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 17.1TT.53
Prog. Ref.: CC for Advanced Tech
Budget Ref.: E/0505-01C – CC for Advanced Tech
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Products: Ground Segment / Ground Station / RF equipment / Transmitter and Receiver assemblies, Frequency converters, …
Techology Domains: Ground Station Systems and Networks / Ground Station System / Advanced Ground Station Design Concepts
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate Telecom & Integrated Applica
Department: Telecom Technologies,Product&Systems Dep
Division: Technologies and Product Division
Contract Officer: Rinaudo, Nicole
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 18/09/2017
Update Reason: Modified the Letter of Invitation (English version)

The objective of this activity is to design, develop and test a prototype mini system (gateway and terminal) capable of providing satellite backhauling services for future NB-IoT.Targeted Improvements:Enables new satellite communication services forbackhaulingM2M and Internet-of-Things communications.Description:Many terrestrial M2M/IoT needs are currently served with so-called LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Networks). It is however expected that the recently approved 3GPP NB-IoT standard will trigger a large-scale deployment of M2M/IoT networks using this standard, both by the incumbents and new terrestrial carriers. Similar to the current 2G/3G/4G-backhaul – which is a significant market for satcom industry – there is a market expected for backhauling of NB-IoT networks especially for emerging countries and rural areas with low terrestrial network connectivity.This activity aims at analysingthe latest satellite backhauling technologies and standards to design, develop and test a prototype mini system (gateway and terminal) at baseband digital level capable of providing satellite backhauling services for future NB-IoT.The expected deliverables are:.Study reportcontaining an analysis of the main backhauling scenarios for NB-IoT networks..Definition of the requirements to allow an efficientintegration of terrestrial NB-IoT with satellite backhaul. .Implementation of the solution into an existing Gateway and terminal prototype.Demonstration of efficient backhauling of narrowband IoT in a representative environment using the developed hardware and software.

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