April 27, 2005
Dear SatLabs Subscriber,

A major milestone has been reached. The SatLabs Group has launched its Qualification Program. This event marks an important step in the implementation of interoperability testing and certification for the DVB-RCS standard. In addition to the news related with the Qualification Program, this Newsletter will cover also news on DVB-RCS activities among SatLabs Members.

If SatLabs Members have any information or news they'd like to see published in the next Newsletter, please send it to us so we can share it with the Newsletter subscribers. The areas of main interest are:
- relevant information on DVB-RCS
- information on new applications
- success stories
- geographical deployment
- milestones
- commercial information

Kind regards,

Your SatLabs Team
    Interoperability: the SatLabs Qualification Program has been launched!
The SatLabs Qualification Program, which aims to achieve DVB-RCS interoperability testing and certification, has been launched at the beginning of April 2005.
    SatLabs Test Bed validation completed
The SatLabs Test Bed validation has now been completed following a thorough validation process carried out by VeriSat and CETECOM over the past few months. CETECOM independently developed the test procedures to be executed in the test bed using the specific test command language.
    SatLabs established as EEIG
The SatLabs Group has been established as an independent legal entity in the form of a European Economic Interest Group (EEIG). This legal form has light administration requirements and serves well the objectives of SatLabs as a cooperative association.
    An overview of SatLabs high-priority working groups
The SatLabs Group is busy working to increase the extent of DVB-RCS interoperability and reduce the cost of service provision, in addition to setting up the SatLabs Qualification Program and the definition of requirements associated with basic interoperability.
    DVB-RCS proves winner for Taiwanese e-Risk development
A combination of DVB-RCS and Alcatel Space's significant know-how in Risk Management were critical in Alcatel Space being chosen by the National Fire Agency (NFA) of Taiwan to establish a Disaster Recovery Centre.
    NERA prepared for large-scale DVB-RCS deployment
A spring forward in terminal transmit speeds has been accomplished by Nera Satcom of Norway. The ESA Telecom supported project has achieved a very significantly improved utilisation of the return link spectrum than in common VSAT systems and at a much reduced cost.
    Recent Developments of DVB-RCS in South Korea
PentaMedia Co. Ltd is in the final stages of developing a "mobile" solution within DVB-RCS for deployment in the maritime environment. The company have also installed a major DVB-RCS broadband system for the Military National Defence of South Korea.
  DVB-RCS common IFL specification
  SatLabs EEIG - Articles of Association
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The SatLabs Group is an international, not-for-profit association whose members are committed to bringing the deployment of the DVB-RCS standard to large-scale adoption. SatLabs membership is formed by service providers, satellite operators, system integrators, terminal manufacturers and technology providers with an interest in DVB-RCS.