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  • A Direct-to-Mobile Video Broadcasting satellite system

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    Mr. Jean-Didier Gayrard, ThalesAlenia Space, France


    Mr. Erwan Corbel, Thales Alenia Space France, France


    Ms. Isabelle Buret, Thales Alenia Space, France


    Ms. Ana Bolea Alamanac, European Space Agency (ESA), The Netherlands



    Up to now, mobile satellites are serving point-to-point communications from either Low Earth Orbit constellations (Globalstar, Iridium) or geostationary satellites (Inmarsat, Thuraya…). In point-to-point applications, satellites have limitations compared to terrestrial networks: low capacity, limited data rates, latency, poor indoor penetration and specific standards. On the other side, Direct-to-Home TV broad-casting to fixed terminals from geostationary satellites is the most important part of the satellite business and is certainly what we can call a “killer application”. Naturally, it results in a growing interest in the use of mobile satellites to broadcast video to the small screen of mobile phones, PDAs and any other mobile wireless devices. In Europe, operators have started to think about the deployment and commercialization of the fourth generation (4G) of mobile systems; in parallel space agencies and satellite manufacturers have started to evaluate the potential role of satellite in the 4G networks. This paper presents a Direct-to-Mobile satellite system for broadcasting television and video content over Europe in complement to the future 4G terrestrial networks. The system makes the best of the two satellite technologies: the GEO mobile satellite and the high power broadcast satellite.
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    Manuscript document

    IAC-08.B2.6.9.pdf (🔒 authorized access only).

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