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GVF conference addresses effective use of broadcasting solutions

Officials of Arabic, Islamic Broadcasting Union discuss how satellite can help meet requirements

Key officials of the Arabic and Islamic Broadcasting Union (AIBU) met with representatives of the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) to begin coordinating on initiatives that facilitate effective use of state-of-the-art broadcasting solutions.

The two-day conference was chaired by Riaz Lamak, Director of GVF Validation and Benchmarking, and Fehmida Lamak, a GVF-Certified Examiner, in Beirut, Lebanon. The programme was compiled with inputs from GVF members including COMSYS, Mahdi Bagh Computers and Satprof among others.

“This will open doors for logical expansion into the satellite communication business for the broadcasting fraternity, as well as knowledge of best practices to optimise performances,” says Yaser Al-Sayegh, Vice-President of AIBU.

The conference was hosted by the Union Centre for Media Training (UCMT) in Beirut. Participants included more than 50 representatives of 22 Arab and international media outlets, which discussed the challenges they face and how satellite communications can be applied to address their requirements.

Ali Areslan, Head of UCMT, inaugurated the conference’s activities, explaining the importance of service quality and what it means to satellite channels managers. Mohammad Noun, General Manager of AIBU, spoke of the detailed components of the Union of which he supports. He also mentioned the goals of holding the conference.

Lamak opened the event with a briefing on how the satellite and broadcasting industries are working together to optimise signal and system quality. In this context, collaboration was discussed on initiatives such as validation of assets, benchmarking of process, framework on product quality assurance and capacity building through training.

Follow-on programmes include the Middle East Regional Session and Interference Prevention Summit to be held in conjunction with the Satellite 2014 Conference and Exhibition in Washington, DC.