Mobile Satellite Communication Networks
Ray Edward Sheriff, Yim Fun Hu
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Until very recently, geostationary satellites have been used as a sole basis for the provision of mobile satellite services. However, the launch of satellite personal communication services (S-PCS), which make use of non-geostationary satellites, has provided a new dimension to the mobile satellite communications industry. The introduction of S-PCS comes at a time when the global mobile market is experiencing phenomenal growth. This is set to continue with the introduction of 3G, including UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System), which will provide mobile multimedia services, similar to those available on personal computers.
Mobile Satellite Communication Networks aims to present the underlying concepts of mobile satellite technology and the technological and market drivers of UMTS in which terrestrial and satellite systems will provide complementary services.
Explains the formal design methodology that is used to integrate communication networks
Demonstrates how network-signalling protocols are developed in the future mobile network environment
Describes the design of satellite constellations for global coverage
Features a techno-economic analysis of the satellite market and how the roll-out of terrestrial mobile systems affects the take-up and development of S-PCN services
Examines the latest research initiatives such as special features of higher frequency, multimedia satellite applications, mobile IP, fixed/mobile convergence and the use of stratospheric (airships) platforms to deliver multimedia services
By presenting the latest developments in mobile network technology, this informative text will prove indispensable to satellite, systems and networks engineers as well as senior undergraduate and postgraduate students. It will also be an essential reference for individuals working for mobile service providers and technical analysts.