On the Use of Multiple Satellites to Improve the Spectral Efficiency of Broadcast Transmissions
Journal article, 2015

We consider the use of multiple co-located satellites to improve the spectral efficiency of broadcast transmissions. In particular, we assume that two satellites transmit on overlapping geographical coverage areas, with overlapping frequencies. We first describe the theoretical framework based on network information theory and, in particular, on the theory for multiple access channels. The application to different scenarios will be then considered, including the bandlimited additive white Gaussian noise channel with average power constraint and different models for the nonlinear satellite channel. The comparison with the adoption of frequency division multiplexing and with the Alamouti space-time block coding is also provided. The main conclusion is that a strategy based on overlapped signals is the most convenient in the case of no power unbalance, although it requires the adoption of a multiuser detection strategy at the receiver.

multiple access channel

spectral efficiency.

frequency division multiplexing

Co-located satellites


Andrea Modenini

University of Parma

European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESA ESTEC)

Alessandro Ugolini

University of Parma

Amina Piemontese

Chalmers, Signals and Systems, Communication, Antennas and Optical Networks

Giulio Colavolpe

University of Parma

IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting

0018-9316 (ISSN)

Vol. 61 4 590-602 7271014

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

Subject Categories

Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering



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