Fusion of digital television, broadband Internet and mobile communications—Part I: Enabling technologies

Ong, F.L.C., Liang, X., Pillai, P., Chan, P.M.L., Koltsidas, G., Pavlidou, F.N., Ferro, E., Gotta, A., Cruickshank, H., Iyengar, S., Fairhurst, G. and Mancuso, V. (2007) Fusion of digital television, broadband Internet and mobile communications—Part I: Enabling technologies. International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking, 25(4), pp. 363-407. ISSN (print) 1542-0973


The introduction of digital video broadcasting (DVB) satellite systems has become an important tool for future mobile communication and is currently a focus in several research areas such as the integration of DVB satellite systems with different wireless technologies. This tutorial consists of two parts, Enabling technologies and Future service scenarios, which aims to provide an introduction to the current state-of-the-art of DVB standards over satellite and its fusion with mobile and Internet technologies. This paper, Enabling technologies, focuses on providing an overview of the different technologies and issues that facilitates better understanding of the current and future operational scenarios, whereas the second paper, Future service scenarios will emphasize future research directions in this research area. In the first part, the paper will initially be focused on the introduction of different DVB satellite systems, i.e. DVB-via satellite (DVB-S), DVB return channel by satellite (DVB-RCS) and second-generation DVB system for broadband satellite services (DVB-S2). This is then followed by a description of the different Internet Protocol (IP) technologies used to support macro- and micro-mobility and the migration strategies from IP version 4 (IPv4) to IP version 6 (IPv6). Finally, the different security mechanisms for the DVB system and end-to-end satellite network are addressed.

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