Our Mission

Space as an embedded and integrated part of the 5G network through:

Development of Trials and Demonstrators, working alongside the 5G Test Beds & Trials Programme to embed space in the future network

A collaborative approach to develop future concepts that includes operators, OEMs, application and service providers and other 5G initiatives, including 5GIC

Focus on the involvement of strategic market verticals of Transport, Media & Entertainment, Public Safety & Security and Energy to drive added value for business and the UK

Developing a set of early bird applications and services exploiting existing assets to support the transition to 5G

Our Aims

Horizons 5G aims to open the unique capabilities that can only be delivered when terrestrial and
space are converged…

…global reach through wide area coverage

…a high-capacity, distributed network

…enabling mobility in land, sea and air including across borders

…cost-effective with simultaneous reach
…resilient by nature

5G Communications

5G is being designed to fulfil the current and future demands on data, forecasting a huge growth in autonomous vehicles, IOT, M2M interactions and an ever increasing consumption
of mobile broadband data

The 5G standard is being touted as the “final standard” which will evolve rather than renew

There is broad consensus that the rollout of 5G should begin by 2020

Enabling a digital economy

We expect a number of market verticals to lead the way in 5G, offering consumers new added-value services


Connected Autonomy

SOTA Updates

Entertainment on-board

Dynamic Mapping

Smart Cities / Airports

Media & Entertainment

Dynamic Video

AR / VR / Gaming

Augmented Live Comms

Predictive Ent Caching

Public Safety & Security

Live Information to the Front Line


Dynamic Incident Mapping

Support to health responders

Energy & Critical Infra

Remote monitoring & control (SCADA)

Transmission Checking

UK Government 5G Vision

The UK seeks to be a world leader in 5G and the government has published a clear strategy for the UK to take early advantage of the benefits of the new technology.

This includes

Working to incentivize the private investment needed to roll out 5G in the UK

Carry out R&D through a national and trial programme

Setting targets to extend mobile coverage to 95% of the UK geography

Ensure that mainline rail routes, major roads and connectivity ‘hotspots’ are 5G

Set the strategy for spectrum access and regulation

Supports the industry led standards setting process

Created the 5G UK Innovation Network (lead by Cambridge Wireless, including themTM forum and KTN) as it is recognised that that 5G is a ‘system of systems’ and very complex with uncertainties.

New Challenges

1/1,000 X in service deployment time reaching a complete deployment in ≤ 90 minutes

1,000 X in mobile data volume per geographical area reaching a target ≥ 10 Tb/s/km2

1,000 X in number of connected devices reaching a density ≥ 1M terminals/km2

100 X in user data rate reaching a peak terminal data rate ≥ 10Gb/s

1/10 X in energy consumption compared to 2010

1/5 X in end-to-end latency reaching 5 ms for e.g. tactile Internet and radio link latency
reaching a target ≤ 1 ms for e.g. Vehicle to Vehicle communication

1/5 X in network management OPEX

The 5G Rural Challenge

5G international standardisation is progressing through the ETSI 3GPP process

The deployment of terrestrial networks can be driven by the coverage of population centres
rather than the coverage of geographical area

This can lead to the creation of geographical areas where access to the 5G services through
the radio coverage of a terrestrial network will not be possible