Satellite Interference: What about VSAT?

Wednesday 24 April 2013
Satellite Interference: What about VSAT?

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Guest post by By Martin Coleman, Executive Director, the Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG)

The satellite industry is extremely successful. It brings a lot of crucial services to a wide variety of customers and applications.

However, it is important to recognise that the industry is growing rapidly and we don’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past by not addressing the important issues that affect it.

As such, we are doing our upmost to protect that industry and reduce satellite interference, no matter how small its actual impact. It is important for the industry and its customers. The fact is that satellite operators and users are keen to eliminate the effects of satellite interference, and the subsequent loss of service it can cause.

Fortunately, the battle to reduce satellite interference is gaining ground and we have achieved a lot over the last couple of years, including introducing Carrier ID across 50% of video carriers in time for the Olympics. 

However the VSAT industry, specifically, still has a way to go. The statistics that Thomas van den Driessche (Newtec) is working on have taken time to gather by the satellite operators to ensure accuracy of results and are an extremely valuable source of information. We hope they will help us, with our VSAT colleagues, to review systems, look for the root causes and thus target the correct improvements to specific technologies and processes. This will ultimately reduce instances of interference being caused by VSAT systems.

Again, this is just one part of the puzzle, but as with every other piece, it is crucial to completing the full picture. 

The satellite industry is growing at an astounding rate, but why should continuing to grow mean growing a problem?

Martin.

Note: Newtec has included DVB-CID in several of its products.

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