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An enhanced adaptive scheme based on threshold method with a reduced complexity that combine adaptive modulation and coding with diversity combining is presented for throughput maximization in broadband code division multiple access (CDMA) satellite networks. The proposed algorithm is a modify, enhanced, and more robust version of the existing algorithms for adaptive transmission rate and modulation in CDMA networks. The rate compatible punctured turbo-coded (RCPT), which has been found to give improved throughput performance in a direct sequence (DS) CDMA is exploited. A semi-analytical process and simulations were carried out. It is found that there are significant improvement in the average throughput and the bit-error performance. The proposed algorithm using adaptive coding and modulation (instead of variable spreading gain) outperforms other systems such as Selective Power Control with Active Link Protection (SPC-ALP) algorithm proposed for adaptive transmission rate and power control in CDMA networks.