Throughout the 1990s, the satellite communication industry experienced tremendous
growth, surpassing the expectations of all who have contributed to its success.
The gross revenues in 2000 reached $60 billion, big chunks of which were
contributed by satellite manufacture, launch, satellite transponder sales and leases,
ground equipment supply, and direct-to-home (DTH) TV and very small aperture
terminal (VSAT) data networks. This book provides a comprehensive review of the
applications that have driven this growth. It discusses the technical and business
aspects of the systems and services that operators and users exploit to make money,
serve and protect, and even have fun.
The book is organized into four parts, which deal with the most fundamental
areas of concern to application developers and users: the technical and business fundamentals,
the application of simplex (broadcast) links to multiple users, duplex
links that deliver two-way interactive services, and regulatory and business affairs
that drive investment and financial performance. The 13 chapters of the book fall
nicely into these general categories.