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DVB group starts looking at new satellite standards

DVB members Newtec, Arabsat, Cisco, SES and Thomson Video Networks are teaming up to get the discussion for an update to the DVB-S2 standard on the DVB agenda.

At the beginning of February  DVB took up the task and has already started investigating the commercial reasoning behind a specific standard for satellite broadcast contribution and high speed IP trunking and backbone links.

As a first step in extending the current DVB-S2 standard, Newtec is launching its Clean Channel Technology at the up-coming Cabsat and SATELLITE exhibition and conference. Clean Channel Technology further improves satellite efficiency for IP trunking and backhauling, but also broadcast contribution by up to 15% compared to the current DVB-S2 standard.

Newtec’s customers will be able to immediately benefit from Clean Channel Technology as it is available as a software field upgrade for existing Newtec equipment.

According to Newtec the time for change is now and there are a number of critical items that can be addressed in the improvement of the current DVB-S2 standard. Additionally, adding higher modulation schemes, such as 64APSK, is useful considering the professional applications that could work with improved link budgets provided by, for example, bigger antennas and more powerful satellites.