Communication systems

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Advantages and drawbacks of some communication systems

Caution: costs given here below (in Euro) are without any garantee. They may only serve for comparisons.
The table was updated on November 24th, 2008

  Inmarsat C Meteosat DCP Iridium SBD
Type GEO GEO LEO
Coverage Limited
to 60N-60S
Limited
to 60N-60S
Yes
Transmitter +
antenna cost
2,200 € 5,500 € 850 €
Timeslots No Yes No
Risk to have a mask
during transmission
Yes Yes Weak
Transmission integrity Ensured by
the system
To be managed
by the user ??
Ensured by
the system
Data format Text Binary (DR) Text Binary Text Binary
Data processing Required
for BUFR
Required Required
for BUFR
Required Required
for BUFR
Required
Experienced Yes Yes Yes ?? ?? Yes
Operating (*)
cost/report
0.39 €  0.12 €  0 €  0 €  0.13 €  0.06 € 
Total (**)
cost/report
0.46 €  0.19 €  0.18 €  0.18 €  0.16 €  0.09 € 

(*) Monthly fees included if any
(**) Assuming an amortization over 5 years and 6,000 reports per year.

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