Editor ©RapidTVNews | 12-09-2011

In a bid to safeguard service delivery standards, leading satellite operator Eutelsat Communications has launched a quality assurance initiative for DVB satellite transmissions.

Eutelsat says that the continued commitment to quality assurance reflects the growing demand for satellites to distribute TV images to viewers around the world, and the consequent increase of transmission equipment accessing satellite resources.

To this end, the global industry-supported scheme, is planned to be in place in time for the London Olympics, when, literally, the eyes of the world will be focused on what the broadcast industry can offer to the billions of global viewers watching the event.

The enterprise is supported by the global broadcast community, the satellite industry and through three international associations including the World Broadcasting Unions-International Satellite Operations Group (WBU-ISOG), the GVF (Global VSAT Forum) and sIRG (satellite Interference Reduction Group).

Carrier Identification will be integrated into transmission parameters for all SNG transmissions and new DVB broadcasts from 30 June 2012. The intended outcome of such a move is that Eutelsat will be able to more efficiently identify transmissions to its satellites and accelerate coordination with earth station operators. Firmware enhancements to existing operational uplink equipment have already been developed by key manufacturers.

“This first critical step enables us to give an even higher level of assurance of quality to our broadcast customers,” explained Eutelsat COO Andrew Wallace. “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 joint statement supporting the satellite operator, 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 said: “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.”