Stefano Cioni received his Dr.-Ing. degree in telecommunication engineering and Ph.D. from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. Since 2002, he has been a senior researcher at the Advanced Research Center for Electronic Systems (ARCES) of the University of Bologna. During the summer of 2006, he was a visiting researcher at Agilent Labs SMRD, Belgium. During the summer of 2007, he was a visiting researcher at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. From 2008 to 2010, he was the head of Digital Transmission Systems at Mavigex s.r.l., Italy. In 2010, he joined the European Space Agency, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, where he is currently a telecommunication systems engineer within the Radio Frequency Systems, Payload and Technology Division.

His research activities are mainly focused on the next generation broadcast/broadband satellite systems for fixed and mobile satellite services. In particular, his interests include efficient digital coding and modulation techniques, adaptive interference mitigation algorithms in multiple access systems, synchronization techniques, MIMO and OFDM systems, random access protocols, and iterative decoding techniques joint to channel parameter estimation.

Since September 2016, he has been attending the 3GPP RAN plenary and RAN-WG1 meetings, with the specific interest to support non-terrestrial network (NTN) aspects and to facilitate the 5G terrestrial/satellite networks integration.

He has co-authored more than 80 papers and scientific conference contributions, and he is a co-recipient of the Best Paper Award at IEEE ICT 2001 and at IEEE ASMS/SPSC 2012. Dr. Cioni has been elevated to Senior Member of the IEEE Society in August 2017.


Presentation: Where do we stand on terrestrial-satellite integration for 5G networks?


The first ever study item approved in the 3GPP standardization group on Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) started in 2017.
This speech will cover the achievements in the last two years from the perspective of such terrestrial/satellite integration.
The main outcomes cover from the definition of deployment scenarios, reference or typical architectures, to the identification
of all key issues related to the transmission of the 5G NR waveform via satellite.
After reviewing the current situation within the Release 16 study item, the presentation will finally cover the intended roadmap
and new challenges for the implementation of NTN specifications in Release 17.


Federico Clazzer received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Genoa, Italy, in 2012 and 2017, respectively. Since 2012, he has been with the Institute of Communications and Navigation at the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

During the past years, he has been involved in several national and international projects on advanced medium access and random access techniques for machine-to-machine and IoT via satellite. His main research interests include satellite communication systems, random access techniques, and signal processing algorithms.

From 2014 to 2016, he was a frequent Visitor at the Institute of Network Coding, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 2017 he visited the University of Sydney and University of Newcastle, New South Wales Australia. In the same year, Dr. Clazzer was appointed as an Exemplary Reviewer of the IEEE Transactions on Communications.

In 2019, he is co-chairing the Small Data Networks workshop at the IEEE 90th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC).


Presentation: Modern Random Access, an Enabler for M2M/IoT via Satellite


Internet of Things (IoT) data traffic is forecast to become comparable to that of traditional human-centric communication and is now one of the pillars in the agenda of terrestrial standardization bodies, e.g. 3GPP. This is also proved by the growing success of IoT communication systems. Attaining reliable, high energy- and spectral-efficient communications is a particularly challenging tasks due to the peculiarities of IoT traffic, which features short data packets transmitted in a sporadic, and sometimes unpredictable, manner. Resource allocation becomes even more complex when the transmitter population is very vast. A possible solution is offered by modern random access, where transmitters are allowed to access the medium in an uncoordinated fashion, and smart receiver design is able to cope with high levels of interference. As for the classic ALOHA, also modern random access has been firstly devised for satellite communications already more than ten years ago. The drastic performance improvements have yield a flourishing research activity in the satellite community, expanding out of its boundaries and influencing also terrestrial systems. The talk will give an overview of the advances in random access solutions and will provide an outlook of future directions.

Dr. Alexander Geurtz is VP, 5G Solutions at SES Networks, responsible for incorporating 5G service opportunities into SES’s products & services portfolio. He has over 20 years of experience in satellite and mobile communications from the strategic, business and technical perspectives. He was a key member of the team that created Solaris Mobile Ltd, an integrated satellite/terrestrial operator in S-Band, representing the company inter alia at 3GPP. He is currently actively involved in SES’s commercial and business development activities related to the satellite role in 5G ecosystem. He received an MS in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology and a PhD from the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Presentation: Satellite integration into 5G: Seizing the opportunities


In this presentation, we will set out the key opportunities for satellite integration into 5G and how satellite can help accelerate 5G deployment worldwide. We will provide an overview of the ecosystem development and standardisation efforts as well as of the investments in assets and capabilities that SES is making to capture these opportunities.

Mr Omar Qaise is the founder and CEO of OQ TECHNOLOGY, a NewSpace Startup in Luxembourg which is aiming to disrupt the satellite telecommunication world. OQ TECHNOLOGY is building a global satellite constellation dedicated for "Internet-of-Things"​ communication that can provide connectivity anywhere, especially in remote and rural areas. The innovative satellite IoT concept was originally developed by him.

Mr Qaise brings tremendous experience and heritage to his venture as he worked many years in different organizations and enterprises in the satellite and telecommunication industry (European Space Agency (ESA), German Aerospace Centre (DLR), O3b, OHB SYSTEMS, EUMETSAT) by working on missions ranging from Low-Earth Orbit observation and telecommunication satellites and GEO giant satellites to far deep space missions such as the spacecrafts Herschel and Planck. Most recently was with SES Satellites, the world’s largest GEO broadcast satellite operator, where he had responsibility for Satcom sales and business development in regions such as the Middle East and Africa especially in M2M and Oil and Gas. He became fascinated with the possibilities of the IoT technology as a low cost product filling a market gap. Mr Qaise brings extensive customer connections and knowledge of competing Satcom systems, as well as being the chief architecture of the concept.

Presentation: The Rise of Satellite IoT


The Internet of Things (IoT) has been around as a phrase since 1999, when the phrase was coined to describe the potential of RFID.  Since then it has evolved to cover all forms of sensors which send data to the cloud, as well as devices which may be remotely operated.  That’s not a new market – it’s been around for several decades under the name of Machine to Machine, or M2M.  The IoT  hype can either be seen as democratising it beyond the vertical sectors of M2M, or as a bold attempt to revive a flagging M2M market by introducing a more exciting name.  In 2009, the acronym was brought from relative obscurity into the mainstream when Ericsson made their prediction that by 2020 there would be 50 billion connected devices.  Network operators in particular seized upon it as proof that there would be revenue after smartphones.  From that point every operator presentation highlighted the opportunity that the Internet of Things would bring to their business. On the other end of the game is satellite: a very legacy old technology which is dominant in remote areas. And wherever there is M2M there is satellite, in fact there is dedicated services and bands for that. Apparently there have been a shift recently where the two worlds are trying to emerge into one ubiquitous system. there are both challenges and opportunities for that scenario, and now we are witnessing a gold-rush of satellite IoT constellations. Where we stand and where are we heading? What factors should align to enable satellite IoT  and Big Data? These questions will be the topic of my presentation.

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