Chapter 6. Opportunities for Satellites in Mobile Communications

  1. Flavio Muratore
  1. Antonio Cavallaro and
  2. Andrea Magliano

Published Online: 27 SEP 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0470841656.ch6

UMTS: Mobile Communications for the Future

UMTS: Mobile Communications for the Future

How to Cite

Editor Information

  1. CSELT, Telecom Italia Group, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 SEP 2001

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471498292

Online ISBN: 9780470841655



  • satellite;
  • satellite mobile telephony;
  • satellite communications;
  • S-UMTS (Satellite-Universal Mobile Telecommunication System);
  • GMPCS (Global Mobile Personal Communications Systems);
  • MSS (Mobile Satellite Systems);
  • S-PCN (Satellite-Personal Communications Networks)


Chapter Six provides the reader with a snapshot of the satellite peculiarities for mobile communications, including:

  • already deployed solutions;

  • new systems being specified and developed from now to 2005;

  • competition and current evolution trends in the sector.

Giving a short overview of network performances and architectures, different families of systems are considered with some relevant examples.

Satellite systems for mobile telephony:

  • Inmarsat;

  • Global Mobile Personal Communications Systems;

  • super-GEO networks.

Third generation mobile telephony:

  • distinctive features of satellite-based solutions;

  • standardisation aspects;

  • proposed alternatives, for the UMTS scenario, based both on future stratospheric - platforms and high-altitude aircraft.