Satnews Daily
November 12th, 2013

GVF + IRG—Technology Initiative @ SATCON 2013 (Event—Interference)

[SatNews] The Global VSAT Forum (GVF), Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG), and the Radio Frequency Interference—End Users Initiative (RFI-EUI) have launched a joint initiative to implement interference prevention measures more deeply throughout the broadcast sector.

The launch follows a number of important milestones, including a recent meeting of the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) in Tunis, where a significant action plan was agreed. The action plan is aimed at establishing a public awareness campaign to highlight that intentional interference will not prevent the media message being delivered. The plan includes guidelines around training, earth station approvals, and Carrier ID (CID), as well as regulatory and political actions.

The World Broadcasting Unions—International Satellite Operations Group (WBU-ISOG)—has also issued a number of important resolutions relating to the implementation of Carrier ID. These resolutions support the requirement that by 1st January 2015, all new model modulators and codecs with integrated modulators purchased by end users for video uplinking should contain a CID. They also state that all uplinkers of SCPC and MCPC Video and Data should include CID functionality in the required specifications of all current and future Requests for Proposal, with immediate effect. The WBU-ISOG has also just approved and adopted the ASBU Action Plan, following its meeting in Rio de Janeiro.

“Over recent months we have been involved in instigating a number of key milestones across the broadcast industry,” said David Hartshorn, Secretary General, the Global VSAT Forum. “We now need to use these documents as a basis for implementing interference prevention measures on a global scale throughout the sector.”

“I am extremely pleased with the progress being made in the broadcast community,” said Martin Coleman, Executive Director, the Satellite Interference Reduction Group. “It is extremely important that we ensure a widespread implementation of all of these initiatives to have a significant effect on instances of interference.”

“We are pleased to be working with GVF and IRG to co-ordinate a wide scale push for interference prevention,” commented Dick Tauber, Co-Chair, the Radio Frequency Interference – End Users Initiative. “Initiatives such as training, type approvals, and CID have proven to be extremely effective at reducing satellite interference.”

The three groups will be co-exhibiting at Satcon from November 13th to 14th, 2013, at booth 539.