Chapter 1. Introduction

  1. Zhili Sun

Published Online: 15 FEB 2006

DOI: 10.1002/047087029X.ch1

Satellite Networking: Principles and Protocols

Satellite Networking: Principles and Protocols

How to Cite

Sun, Z. (2005) Introduction, in Satellite Networking: Principles and Protocols, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/047087029X.ch1

Author Information

  1. University of Surrey, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 FEB 2006
  2. Published Print: 26 AUG 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470870273

Online ISBN: 9780470870297



  • satellite network and internetworking;
  • terrestrial networking issue;
  • multiplexing and multiple accessing;
  • global network infrastructure (GNI);
  • user earth station (UES) and gateway earth station (GES);
  • asynchronous transfer model (ATM);
  • Domain name system (DNS);
  • circuit switching networks;
  • layering principle;
  • inter-satellite links (ISL)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Applications and services of satellite networks

  • ITU-R definitions of satellite services

  • ITU-T definitions of network services

  • Internet services and applications

  • Circuit-switching network

  • Packet-switching networks

  • OSI/ISO reference model

  • The ATM protocol reference model

  • Internet protocols reference model

  • Satellite network

  • Characteristics of satellite networks

  • Channel capacity of digital transmissions

  • Internetworking with terrestrial networks

  • Digital video broadcasting (DVB)

  • Historical development of computer and data networks

  • Historical development of satellite communications

  • Convergence of network technologies and protocols

  • Further reading

  • Exercises