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Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs). Telecommunications

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One of the most significant developments in telecommunications in the last decade, the very small aperture terminal (VSAT), as part of a satellite communications network, is the culmination of technology that allows earth terminals to be located on users' premises to provide data, voice and even video services. Networks based on VSATs can be established rapidly and reconfigured to respond to changing communications needs in a flexible and cost-effective manner.

In 28 chapters written by individuals who have made major contributions to the VSAT scene, Very Small Aperture Terminals describes the key technology underlying these systems, representative systems from leading vendors, link budgets, system protocols, data distribution based on television broadcasting, service provision, economic and, perhaps most importantly, regulatory issues.

Very Small Aperture Terminals is essential reading for anyone involved in telecommunications systems management or the engineering aspects, from equipment manufacturers to those who will use the systems. The technology and systems chapters will be of interest to practising engineers and postgraduate engineering students who require an introduction to the subject. Those with responsibilities for licensing and regulation will find their functions put into context.

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- Chapter 1: Introduction to VSATs
- Chapter 2: Antennas for VSAT systems
- Chapter 3: Semiconductor devices for VSAT systems
- Chapter 4: Travelling wave tubes and amplifiers for VSAT systems
- Chapter 5: VSAT low noise downconverters
- Chapter 6: Modems and codecs for VSAT systems
- Chapter 7: Multiaccess protocols for VSAT networks
- Chapter 8: Protocol software in Ku-band VSAT network systems
- Chapter 9: VSAT data networks: system design
- Chapter 10: The policing of VSAT networks
- Chapter 11: The PANDATA system
- Chapter 12: The PolyCom system
- Chapter 13: APOLLO: a satellite-based information distribution system
- Chapter 14: Data broadcasting within a satellite television channel
- Chapter 15: The AT&T Tridom VSAT system
- Chapter 16: The HNS family of VSAT systems
- Chapter 17: The NEC NEXTAR VSAT system
- Chapter 18: The Fastar VSAT system
- Chapter 19: Satellite based messaging systems
- Chapter 20: Ka-band VSAT system
- Chapter 21: Small aperture military ground terminals
- Chapter 22: Link budgets for VSAT systems
- Chapter 23: VSATs and developmental communications
- Chapter 24: VSATs and their international applications
- Chapter 25: Capabilities and experience of a VSAT service provider
- Chapter 26: Economic considerations between VSAT systems and terrestrial networks
- Chapter 27: Developments in VSAT regulation
- Chapter 28: VSATs: the future
- Appendix A: Glossary
- Appendix B: Civil satellite frequency bands
- Appendix C: Satellites that may support VSAT services
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John Everett

John Everett has been involved with research, development and engineering in support of satellite communications for the past 16 years. He has degrees from the University of Surrey and Wales and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology in the United Kingdom.

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