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This paper will examine the potential performances of spread-spectrum-based access techniques via the interaction channel of an Internet protocol (IP)-based multimedia satellite system. In particular, a theoretical analysis of the spread-Aloha technique will be given for the case of forward error correction coded systems. Then, the performance of spread-Aloha access will be confirmed by simulation and compared with that of a conventional time-division multiple-access (TDMA)-based combined free/demand assignment multiple-access system. It appears that spread-Aloha-based techniques, although achieving a lower maximum throughput than the TDMA-based access scheme, may provide a better experience to the user due to the lower transmission latency. Finally, the prospect of a spread-spectrum-based access scheme combining Aloha and reservation mechanisms will be briefly overviewed.
Date of Publication: April 2004