The rapid growing data traffic brings more and more pressure to the wireless networks, which is predicted to increase by over 10,000 times in the next 20 years. However, currently, there is still large number of population without coverage of mobile service. In addition to the issue of coverage, future wireless networks also need to guarantee the service continuity for emerging services such as Machine-to-Machine and Internet of Things. Many emerging scenarios, such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) control, pipeline monitoring, or global container tracking, require the aid of wireless networks. However, existing networks are severely hindering these services from achieving their true potentials. Considering the deficiency in existing wireless networks nowadays, ubiquitous on-demand coverage is the key to ensure service continuity in future communication paradigm.
On the other hand, the cost of providing ubiquitous converge has also to be taken into account for mobile networks operators. The concept of a ``Long tail'' distribution is embodied in many innovative Internet business models. It indicates that the revenues may be made from infrequent usage if one can effectively cater to various individual demands. It is applicable to wireless networks operation as well, where the usages far from urban centers can also lead to considerable revenue. However, the cost of pure terrestrial coverage quickly becomes unbearable with the increasing network requirements for those rural, remote and other areas.
Satellite network is an ideal solution to address such a dilemma. While the terrestrial networks can achieve high-speed data service at low cost, satellites may cover an area of thousands of kilometers in radius, providing coverage to otherwise inaccessible locations. Therefore, the satellite and terrestrial networks should be deeply integrated to realize the full benefits of each of them. The coexistence and cooperation between terrestrial and satellite networks are of great potential in future communication networks. As a matter of fact, the satellite radio access network has already been considered in the fifth-generation (5G) networks to be supported for Phase 2. Thus, investigations of innovative technologies in terrestrial-satellite networks are in great need to bring out its true potential.
For this reason, this special issue calls for papers on the topic of “Integrated Terrestrial-Satellite Networks” to explore the key technologies and possible applications in future terrestrial-satellite networks.
Submission Deadline: December 15, 2017
Acceptance Notification (1st round): February 25, 2018
Minor Revision Due: March 20, 2018
Final Decision Due: April 5, 2018
Final Manuscript Due: April 20, 2018
Publication Date: June 15, 2018
Linling Kuang，Tsinghua University, China
Zhiyong Feng，Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications，China
Yi Qian，University of Nebraska–Lincoln USA，USA
Giovanni Giambene，University of Siena Italy，Italy
TOPICS OF INTEREST INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING:
l TRACK 1: PHY AND FUNDAMENTALS
nCoding, modulation and synchronization
nCognitive radio, spectrum sensing and spectrum sharing between terrestrial and satellite systems
nInterference modeling, management and cancellation between terrestrial and satellite systems
nMassive MIMO, antenna array and beamforming design
l TRACK 2: MAC AND CROSS-LAYER DESIGN
nWireless MAC protocols for integrated networks
nDistributed and centralized resource allocation schemes
nMultiple access strategies, with particular emphasis on heterogeneous users of two systems
nHeterogeneous users scheduling and management
nCross-layer design for integrated networks
l TRACK 3: WIRELESS NETWORKS
nIntegrated terrestrial-satellite network architectures
nIntegration of 5G and satellite systems to extend service coverage
nSoftware-defined networking (SDN) and mobile cloud applied to integrated networks
nRouting protocols in integrated terrestrial-satellite networks
This feature topic “Integrated Terrestrial-Satellite Networks” invites submissions of high-quality original research papers exploring the architecture and techniques in integrated terrestrial-satellite networks. Potential topics of interest include, but not limited to areas listed above.
Each submission must be accompanied by the following information:
● an abstract of about 150 words
● 3-8 keywords
● original photographs with high-resolution (300 dpi or greater); eps. or tif. format is preferred
● sequentially numbered references. The basic reference format is: author name, "article name", issue name(italic）, vol, no., page, month, year. for example: Y.M Huang, "pervateture in wireless hetergeneous..",IEEE Journal on Selected Areas, vol.27, no. 5, pp 34-50, May, 2009.
● brief biographies of authors (50-75 words)
● contact information, including email and mailing addresses
Please note that each submission will normally be approximately 4500 words, with no more than 20 mathematical formulas, accomplished by up to 10 figures and/or tables.