Satellite Interference Prevention Program Launched
[Via Satellite 11-11-13] 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 Jan. 1st 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.