LEO Satellite vs. Cellular Networks: Exploring the Potential for Synergistic Integration

Bin Hu, Xumiao Zhang, Qixin Zhang, Nitin Varyani, Z. Morley Mao, Feng Qian, Zhi Li Zhang

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Abstract

Low-Earth-Orbit (LEO) satellite networks, such as Starlink, are transforming global network connectivity by bringing Internet access to remote and underserved areas. However, the current coverage and performance of the LEO satellite network service compared with those of cellular networks are under-explored. In this work, we present a measurement study of the Starlink LEO satellite network in comparison with cellular networks, aiming to uncover the potential for synergistic integration. Through a large-scale data collection campaign and in-depth analysis, we (1) identify the performance characteristics of two Starlink configurations, (2) evaluate the coverage of the current Starlink deployment compared to major cellular carriers, and (3) investigate the potential benefits of enabling multipath using both LEO satellite and cellular networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCoNEXT Companion 2023 - Companion of the 19th International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages45-51
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9798400704079
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 5 2023
Event19th International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies, CoNEXT Companion 2023 - Paris, France
Duration: Dec 5 2023Dec 8 2023

Publication series

NameCoNEXT Companion 2023 - Companion of the 19th International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies

Conference

Conference19th International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies, CoNEXT Companion 2023
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityParis
Period12/5/2312/8/23

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Keywords

  • cellular network
  • low earth orbit
  • mptcp
  • network measurement
  • satellite network

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