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Eutelsat quality assurance initiative

15 September 2011
Eutelsat quality assurance initiative

Quality assurance of DVB satellite transmissions is to be advanced by Eutelsat Communications in time for the 2012 Olympics, via a new initiative revealed at IBC, writes David Davies.

Eutelsat’s announcement was made during a quality assurance summit held jointly by WBU-ISOG, the GVF, sIRG and the RFI-EUI (Radio Frequency Interference End-User Initiative). The move is part of global efforts designed to safeguard satellite signal services during a period of growing demand and increased access of satellite resources by transmission equipment.

The latest initiative will see Carrier Identification integrated into transmission parameters for all SNG transmissions and new DVB broadcasts from 30 June 2012. Simple firmware enhancements to existing operational uplink equipment have already been developed by key manufacturers. Carrier Identification will enable Eutelsat to identify transmissions to its satellites and accelerate coordination with earth station operators more efficiently.

“This first critical step enables us to give an even higher level of assurance of quality to our broadcast customers,” said Andrew Wallace (pictured), Eutelsat’s chief commercial officer. “It is a reflection of how our industry continues to grow and how, through collaboration, new technologies can be leveraged to maintain the high standards of service that the broadcast community expects.”

In a statement, David Hartshorn, secretary-general of the GVF, Dick Tauber, chairman of WBU-ISOG and VP transmission systems and new technology at the CNN News Group, and Martin Coleman, chairman of the sIRG, jointly declared: “Carrier Identification is an important example of what is achievable through the active cooperation of broadcasters, service providers and satellite operators. It is part of a broader vision to further elevate standards of quality for all satellite-delivered programming.”

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