Newtec supports standards to combat satellite interference

Staff writer
09 Nov 2011

Satellite communications specialist Newtec has given its unreserved support for the standardization and adoption of industry-wide counter-measures to combat interference.

Newtec said it has already begun talks with industry players and convinced leading satcom manufactures to join this initiative. It is also preparing an update of its current product range to implement this feature.

Interference of satellite carriers is a growing problem in the industry for users of satellite transmissions. There is an industry consensus that counter-measures should utilize the addition of carrier identification to enable the quick location and correction of misconfigured or unauthorized carriers.

DVB has accepted the topic of Carrier ID as a work item and that as a first step the commercial and market requirements will be captured within the Commercial Module and its relevant sub-group DVB-CM BSS.

Once approved by the Commercial Module and Steering Board, such requirements will be passed to the Technical Module of DVB to review the various technical options from which a solution will be defined and selected that best meets the Commercial Requirements.

For the transmission of transport stream live video over satellite, the addition of Carrier ID within the transport stream NIT table is considered one potential intermediate solution.

“Whilst an intermediate solution is necessary we need to look to the longer term. We welcome increasing industry-led momentum to find solutions to these threats. Newtec is very supportive of and active in industry-wide initiatives and efforts to counter and reduce the impact of carrier interference,” said Serge Van Herck, CEO of Newtec.

One preferred longer term plan within the industry is a data-agnostic solution for identification of modulated video and data satellite carriers.

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