Integrated Access and Backhaul via LEO Satellites with Inter-Satellite Links

Zaid Abdullah, Eva Lagunas, Steven Kisseleff, Frank Zeppenfeldt, Symeon Chatzinotas
Computer Science, Information Theory, Information Theory (cs.IT)
2023-12-27 00:00:00
The third generation partnership project (3GPP) has recently defined two frequency bands for direct access with satellites, which is a concrete step toward realizing the anticipated space-air-ground integrated networks. In addition, given the rapid increase in the numbers of satellites orbiting the Earth and emerging satellites applications, non-terrestrial networks (NTNs) might soon need to operate with integrated access and backhaul (IAB), which has been standardized for terrestrial networks to enable low-cost, flexible and scalable network densification. Therefore, this work investigates the performance of satellite IAB, where the same spectrum resources at a low earth orbit (LEO) satellite are utilized to provide access to a handheld user (UE) and backhaul via inter-satellite links. The UE is assumed to operate with frequency division duplex (FDD) as specified by the 3GPP, while both FDD and time division duplex (TDD) are investigated for backhauling. Our analysis demonstrate that the interference between access and backhaul links can significantly affect the performance under TDD backhauling, especially when the access link comes with a high quality-of-service demands.
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