Satnews Daily
February 11th, 2010

SUIRG — Award Honors Those Who Fight Sat RFI

The Satellite Users Interference Reduction Group (SUIRG) is proud to have been named a recipient of the 2010 Industry Innovator Awards, given by the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI). SUIRG was honored in the non-profit segment of SSPI's Systems Development and Applications Awards, along with the World Broadcasting Union – International Satellite Operations Group (WBU-ISOG), for leadership over many years in the effort to reduce the impact of satellite radio frequency interference (RFI).

SUIRG has surveyed the industry to establish a baseline for interference measurement, tested interference from WiMax devices, and developed recommendations for ITU standard for access and uplink procedures, plus a universal Carrier ID system for faster identification of interference sources. This work has dovetailed with that of WBU-ISOG, whose Rogue Carriers Working Group has won the support of equipment manufacturers, satellite operators and end-users for a WBU-ISOG Video Carrier ID standard in all new models and, where possible, in software upgrades for older models. The SSPI award also honors the Global VSAT Forum, CASBAA, SIA, WTA, and major global and regional satellite operators led by Intelsat and SES for their contributions to the RFI fight.