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Special issue on satellite communication systems and networking

Athanasios D Panagopoulos1*, Sandro Scalise2, Bjorn Ottersten3, John D Kanellopoulos4 and Paolo Burzigotti5

Author Affiliations

1 School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mobile Radio Communications Laboratory, National Technical University of Athens, Iroon Polytechniou 9, Zografou, Athens, 15780, Greece

2 Institute of Communications and Navigation, DLR (German Aerospace Center), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

3 Security and Trust, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, L-1359, Germany

4 Wireless and Satellite Communications Group, School of Electrical Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 9 Iroon Polytechniou Street, Zografou, 15780, Greece

5 ESTEC, European Space Agency, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

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EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2012, 2012:283  doi:10.1186/1687-1499-2012-283

Published: 7 September 2012

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

Satellite Communications (SatCom) will have a crucial role in Next Generation Networks and in shaping the Future Internet. This is mainly due to the inherent features of SatCom Networks such as global coverage, cost effectiveness for broadcasting and multicasting connectivity, capability for providing broadband interactive services in remote areas, and emergency services. SatCom networks provide the foundations of European and worldwide digital information networks, and are already playing important roles in the current Internet such as: (a) providing broadband services to citizens in rural areas, to passengers on board of vessels, trains, or aircrafts; (b) delivering content to network head; (c) distributing data to the banking, business, health, governmental sectors; (d) providing connectivity in the Internet backbone; (e) backhauling of other access technology; and (f) providing quick Internet access in emergency scenarios.