Chapter 11. Communications Architectures

  1. Madhavendra Richharia1 and
  2. Leslie David Westbrook2

Published Online: 7 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470665619.ch11

Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology

Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology

How to Cite

Richharia, M. and Westbrook, L. D. (2010) Communications Architectures, in Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470665619.ch11

Author Information

  1. 1

    Knowledge Space Ltd, UK

  2. 2

    QinetiQ Ltd, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 JUL 2010

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series on Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing

Book Series Editors:

  1. Dr Xuemin (Sherman) Shen BSc, MSc, PhD3 and
  2. Dr Yi Pan BEng, MEng, PhD4

Series Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Waterloo, Canada

  2. 4

    Georgia State University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470714287

Online ISBN: 9780470665619



  • communications architectures;
  • state of the art of High-Altitude Platform (HAP) and hybrid satellite-HAP wireless communications;
  • Very-Small-Aperture Terminal (VSAT) network;
  • Quality of Service (QoS) measure - for telephonic conversation, differing from television, file transfer or e-mail;
  • packet-switched and converged services;
  • Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) - used by World Wide Web (WWW);
  • TCP, using a ‘sliding-window’ packet flow control mechanism;
  • network architecture of DVB-RCS;
  • satellite communications networks;
  • high-altitude platform (HAP) systems - delivering broadband fixed and mobile telecommunication services


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Role

  • Circuit-Switched Services

  • Packet-Switched and Converged Services

  • Satellite Communications Networks

  • High-Altitude Platform Systems

  • Revision Questions

  • References