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Interoperability is one of the core benefits of the DVB-RCS open standard. Until the advent of DVB-RCS, satellite communications and very small aperture terminal (VSAT) customers had no choice but to make significant, and often long-term commitments to proprietary systems for two-way broadband access via satellite.

Interoperability now gives customers the choice of purchasing from one or several vendors throughout the lifetime of their systems, thereby fostering competition among vendors and accelerating cost efficiencies and performance improvements in DVB-RCS equipment.

The SatLabs Group ( is an open industry organisation working for the compliance and interoperability of DVB-RCS systems. The mission of SatLabs is to complement the DVB-RCS standard with recommendations and guidelines to facilitate DVB-RCS terminal interoperability, and to provide a mechanism for formal DVB-RCS compliance certification.