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News_Item_002_80.jpg12 Jan 2004: EMS Satellite Networks, a division of EMS Technologies, Inc., Nera Broadband Satellite AS and the Newtec Group demonstrated DVB-RCS open standard interoperability of their broadband satellite products.

Initial validation of the interoperability of its DVB-RCS terminal with the other two companies' DVB-RCS hubs was also completed.


"This achievement is an important step forward for DVB-RCS, and a major milestone for ESA's SatLabs initiative, as it establishes the first basis for certification of interoperability for the DVB-RCS open standard," said Carlo Elia, Head of Programme Development at the Telecommunications Department, ESA, "We now look forward to working with test-houses to formalize DVB-RCS interoperability certification based on this work and make it available to all DVB-RCS manufacturers worldwide."


The European Space Agency's SatLabs Group ( is an open industry organization working for 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 interoperability certification.


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 will give 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.