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Advanced Fade Countermeasures for DVB-S2 Systems in Railway Scenarios


This paper deals with the analysis of advanced fade countermeasures for supporting DVB-S2 reception by mobile terminals mounted on high-speed trains. Recent market studies indicate this as a potential profitable market for satellite communications, provided that integration with wireless terrestrial networks can be implemented to bridge the satellite connectivity inside railway tunnels and large train stations. In turn, the satellite can typically offer the coverage of around 80% of the railway path with existing space infrastructure. This piece of work, representing the first step of a wider study, is focusing on the modifications which may be required in the DVB-S2 standard (to be employed in the forward link) in order to achieve reliable reception in a challenging environment such as the railway one. Modifications have been devised trying to minimize the impact on the existing air interface, standardized for fixed terminals.



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Cioni, S., Niebla, C.P., Granados, G.S. et al. Advanced Fade Countermeasures for DVB-S2 Systems in Railway Scenarios. J Wireless Com Network 2007, 049718 (2007).

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  • Mobile Terminal
  • Satellite Communication
  • Train Station
  • Wide Study
  • Market Study