Performance comparison of Hierarchical Non-Terrestrial Networks for 6G

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This thesis investigates the fundamental performance of Hierarchical Non-Terrestrial Networks for the 6th generation (6G). 6G communication research is currently focus- ing on non-terrestrial networks (NTNs) to promote ubiquitous and ultra-high-capacity global connectivity. Specifically, multi-layered hierarchical networks, i.e., the orches- tration among different aerial/space platforms, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), High Altitude Platforms (HAPs), and satellites co-operating at different al- titudes, currently represents one the most attractive technological options to solve coverage and latency constraints associated with the NTN paradigm. However, there are still several issues to be resolved for proper network design. In this thesis, we in- vestigate the propagation model in air/space links and then evaluate the performance of different multi-layered non-terrestrial configurations, and then provide guidelines on the optimal working point(s) for which it is possible to achieve a good compro- mise between improved system flexibility and network performance, with respect to a baseline standalone deployment.
Date of AwardApr 2021
Original languageEnglish (US)
Awarding Institution
  • Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering
SupervisorMohamed-Slim Alouini (Supervisor)


  • 6G
  • non-terrestrial networks
  • HAPs
  • satellites

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