Satellite communications specialist, Newtec, is teaming up with Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) members, Arabsat, Cisco, SES and Thomson Video Networks, to get the discussion for an update to the DVB-S2 standard on the DVB agenda. DVB 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 launched its Clean Channel Technology at CABSAT 2012 . While Clean Channel Technology further improves satellite efficiency for IP trunking and backhauling, it also improves broadcast contribution by up to 15% compared to the current DVB-S2 standard. Newtec’s customers will be able to benefit immediately 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 including:
- an extension to guarantee interoperability and better satellite efficiency for professional satcom applications
- a differentiation between contribution and distribution to make the greatest efficiency gains by making the standard aware of the application in which it is being used
- an optimisation per application for ranges of typical and realistic conditions
- an increased number of modulation and coding schemes and Forward Error Correction (FEC) choices providing the highest resolution for optimal modulation in all circumstances.
“We predict that a new DVB standard will lead to significantly more efficient solutions than any DVB-S2 based satellite equipment on the market today is capable of. This step forward is critical to ensuring the continuation of a vibrant and profitable satellite industry,” Dirk Breynaert, CTO and co-founder of Newtec, said. He added, “The current DVB standard has served the industry well, but it is now more than 10 years old. We do feel that our satellite industry will benefit even more by having DVB and its members support the idea of developing an extended standard in line with today’s technological advances”