Satellite operators introduce minimum antenna performance requirements

Five satellite operators — AsiaSat, EutelSat (Paris:ETL), Inmarsat, Intelsat and SES — have announced the requirements for minimum antenna performance for satellite ground stations, according to Global VSAT Forum.

The satellite industry has experienced an incredible expansion of the use of “Comms-On-The-Move” (COTM) products over the last decade. With this proliferation, the focus on antenna performance and the impact on the interference environment has increasingly become a higher priority amongst satellite operators.

The purpose of this initiative is to ensure an industry-wide antenna qualification framework through an agreed minimum testing regime for COTM products. It also aims to achieve a clear and reliable understanding of the specifications and capabilities of antennas and antenna systems. This can further facilitate the introduction of enhanced antenna products.

This framework is intended to address the qualification of new antenna products that will be introduced to the market as of 1 September 2018, and will be complementary to the existing standards originating from ITU, FCC and ETSI and the existing minimum performance requirements of the individual operators. All participating satellite operators — including all others that are being invited to join the initiative — will be seeking the same level of information from antenna manufacturers.

Headquartered in London, with a regional office in Washington DC and global affiliates throughout the world, the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) is an independent, non-profit association with member companies from every major region of the world.

The broad-based membership represents all sectors of the satellite industry, including fixed and mobile satellite operators, satellite network operators, teleports, satellite earth station manufacturers, system integrators, value added and enhanced service providers, telecom carriers, consultants, law firms, and users. For more information visit www.gvf.org.

Asia Satellite Telecommunications company Limited (AsiaSat), the satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world´s population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8.

Established in 1977, EutelSat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world´s and most experienced operators of communications satellites.

Inmarsat plc is a provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air.

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) delivers video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat´s Globalized Network combines the world´s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services.

SES is a satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO).