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Introduction to SNG and ENG Microwave by Jonathan Higgins

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Types of capacity

Satellite capacity is broadly divided into distribution and contribution. Distribution capacity is used to deliver signals to cable head-ends or transmitters for terrestrial distribution, or for DTH satellite delivery. Contribution capacity provides routes for transmitting material from point-to-point (generally) for inclusion in distributed programmes after (usually) some production process.

There are several different types of satellite capacity that can be accessed by SNG uplinks, and satellite system operators broadly classify these as follows:

•  dedicated/non-dedicated

•  long-/short-term leasing

•  occasional

•  inclined orbit.

The type of capacity determines, in a number of ways, the method of working for an SNG uplink ...

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