Abstract: Because of their large geographic coverage, inherent broadcast capabilities, and fast deployment features, network operators plan to use satellite‐based networks to supplement existing wire‐line and legacy networks to bring broadband and multimedia services to end‐users. Satellites are multiple access systems with limited transmission capacity compared to terrestrial network nodes. Therefore, end‐to‐end resource management for such systems is key to deliver acceptable Quality of Service (QoS) to services while providing adequate efficiency. Using simulations, we study in some detail a method integrating Bandwidth on Demand with Call Admission Control in geostationary satellite networks with an on‐board switch. In particular, we describe a set of algorithms and study the impact of different types of bandwidth reservation on the QoS received by the connections and on the network efficiency.