Multiple Channels Per Carrier (MCPC) is a term used in satellite communication
for the occupancy of transponder channels. If a transmitter sends a single carrier signal that occupies the channel width of a transponder, this is referred to as a single carrier per channel (SCPC). Such a channel can be split into multiple channels using the various multiplexing techniques, such as TDMA
, allowing multiple channels to be transmitted per carrier, which is equivalent to multiple channels per carrier (MCPC). Since digital TV requires much less bandwidth than analog TV, MCPC allows up to 10 digital TV channels and several radio channels to be transmitted simultaneously over one transponder channel.