The potential demand for the satellite component of the Universal Mobile Telecommunication System

Dept. of Electr. & Electron. Eng., Bradford Univ.
Electronics &Communications Engineering Journal 05/1997; 9(2):59 - 67. DOI: 10.1049/ecej:19970202
Source: IEEE Xplore


The definition of the `third generation' Universal Mobile
Telecommunication System (UMTS) is currently in progress. The UMTS will
consist of both terrestrial and space components. The satellite
component is expected to operate alongside that of the terrestrial
component and provide a complementary rather than a competitive service.
First, the role of the satellite component of the UMTS is established,
from which potential different satellite-UMTS user groups are
identified. The number of users for each user group is then derived,
taking into account the gross potential market, the penetration rate of
the identified services and the profitability of providing such services
via satellite

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