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



  • circuit-switched services;
  • communications architectures;
  • converged services;
  • high-altitude platform (HAP) systems;
  • packet-switched services;
  • satellite communications networks;
  • satellite networks


This chapter discusses the essential network and service fundamentals, outlining the different roles of satellite networks, categories of telecommunication services, transport protocols and quality of service. An operational network performs a variety of tasks, in addition to transporting the core service traffic. These include monitoring and managing satellite performance, ensuring that the network performance is healthy and ensuring provision of commercial aspects such as billing. The chapter reviews the various interfaces and entities of a satellite network and their functions, followed by an introduction to a network management system. The chapter extends the concepts of network technologies to commercial satellite system networks, taking a mobile satellite service as a representative example. It explores the topologies, advantages, limitations and the state of the art of high-altitude platform (HAP) and hybrid satellite-HAP wireless communications systems.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

circuit switching; packet switching; satellite communication; telecommunication control; telecommunication services