6. Satellite Access and Networking

  1. Madhavendra Richharia1 and
  2. Leslie David Westbrook2

Published Online: 7 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470665619.ch6

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) Satellite Access and Networking, in Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470665619.ch6

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



  • broadcasting payload;
  • networking;
  • satellite access;
  • time division multiple access (TDMA);
  • time division multiplexing (TDM)


This chapter compares and contrasts the three dominant methods of implementing multiple-access schemes - frequency, time and code division - and their hybrids; in addition, a fourth technique - space division - can substantially increase overall capacity through the introduction of frequency reuse in non-overlapping coverage regions. Having introduced and quantified these multiple-access techniques, the chapter shows how satellites may be utilized in networks. Specifically, it discusses generic architectural, payload and transport concepts commonly used in satellite networks. The chapter overviews about the Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) and Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA). The user terminals constitute a communications network. The chapter discusses the salient features of a generic satellite communications network.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

satellite communication; telecommunication networks; time division multiple access; time division multiplexing