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This report is an updated release of the annual JRC report on Satellite Communications (Satellite Communications Survey, EUR 18146 EN, September 1998).

The report's objectives are:
-To update information on new and future satellite technologies, systems and services.

-To highlight the role of satcom systems in the global marketplace and to indicate the changes being enforced by advanced technologies, convergence and competition.

-To provide some basic conclusions for the present and the future of the satellite communication system and associated standards, including the third-generation system under the project name Universal Mobile Telecommunication Systems (UMTS).

Market studies show that there is room for different major system; this is an important perspective for the development of the telecommunications infrastructure worldwide.

Several Communications satellite systems (Messaging-SMS, Personal-PCS, Broadband/Multimedia- BB/MM) are planned and announced worldwide and acquisitions of companies and new mergers are in progress.

In the changing telecommunication environment new technologies and applications systems are exploited and some others started to be in commercial operation this year (i.e. global S-PCS Systems such as Iridium and Globalstar).

All potential applications need extensive study with regard to:
-Commercial viability.
-Detailed definition of requirements.
-Budgetary constraints.

For the selection of cost effective communications solutions:
-This report summarizes the most important of the current and future satellite communications systems. The list is not intended to be exhaustive. Some systems that were cancelled or subsumed in other projects are also included.

-For a comprehensive list of all space related projects that the EC funded in the 4!11 Framework Programme (1994-1998), also look at Compendium of Space-Technology Applications Projects EUR 18971 EN (URL: ).

Additional information

Authors: LISI M, Strategy and Systems for Space Applications SAI, JRC, Ispra (IT);PIGNATELLI F, Strategy and Systems for Space Applications SAI, JRC, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19006 EN (2000). Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from: Documentation Service JRC Ispra Fax: +39-033-2785818
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