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shake_1.jpgNoordwijk, 1 February, 2007: After a thorough selection process involving: a Request for Information to a number of potential test laboratories, a Request for Proposals to a shortlist of candidates, and a negotiation phase involving two laboratories, the SatLabs Group has selected CETECOM as the Qualification Laboratory responsible for the execution of the SatLabs Qualification and Certification Programme. This contract was recently prolonged for another year after a further RFP process was performed.

CETECOM have significant experience with DVB-RCS and, due to their involvement with SatLabs, also have a perfect knowledge of the SatLabs Qualification Programme and associated test equipment. As a consequence, they are providing the SatLabs Qualification Testing at a very high quality. The testing agreement which has been signed by SatLabs and CETECOM, furthermore defines service levels which are regularly monitored.

CETECOM is operating and maintaining the SatLabs Test Bed which has been developed and validated especially for the purpose of SatLabs Qualification Testing. The Test Bed will experience a dramatic evolvement in 2007 while it will be upgraded for testing the new SatLabs features (QoS, HM&C, DVB-S2 and I-PEP).

The forerunner in the selection process, Nemko Comlab, will act as a backup to CETECOM. In preparation, Comlab will train personnel in the SatLabs Qualification Programme using the SatLabs Test Bed.

The agreement with CETECOM and Comlab will be valid for another year. After this, the DVB-RCS testing market situation will be reviewed and either a second test laboratory will be appointed or a new selection process will be carried out between the two laboratories.

Both CETECOM and Nemko Comlab are global test houses with test centres spread worldwide. This offers the additional advantage that the qualification testing could easily be carried out in different geographical areas in order to reduce test time and cost.