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GLOBAL SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY ANNOUNCES DOUBLING OF EARTH STATION PRODUCT-TESTING CAPABILITY

GVF Authorizes Qualified Personnel in Asia, Europe and North America Through
Interference-Prevention Programme Expansion

18 December 2012

LONDON – The international satellite communications industry has dramatically expanded an interference-prevention initiative that provides earth station type-approvals testing through a mutually-recognised technical framework. The expansion, which effectively doubles the size of the industry network of authorized test entities worldwide, is in response to growing demand for high-performance satellite communications equipment.

“The private and public sectors are increasingly requesting type-approved earth stations,” said David Hartshorn, Secretary General of GVF, the U.K.-based non-profit association of the global satellite communications industry. “The addition of Authorised Test Entities in three major regions will enable the industry to test an unprecedented number of products and determine whether they are compliant with industry specifications.”

The global type-approvals issue has a major bearing on industry profitability and competitiveness. It has gained in importance as demand for satellite-based systems and services have increased, volumes have risen, and new types of equipment are being introduced. Accordingly, a catalogue of approved products is being made publicly available at www.gvf.org/approvals/product-catalogue.html.

“We congratulate the newly-appointed Authorised Test Entities,” said Fulvio Fresia, Co-Chair of the GVF Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) Working Group. “Adding these industry-endorsed test entities will help manufacturers to improve the design, production and performance of their satellite communications systems. The new Authorised Test Entities are Aetheric Engineering’s Brian Corcoran, U.K.; AsiaSat’s Fred Ho, Hong Kong; Colin Robinson, U.S.; and SSE-Thailand’s Christopher Sivertz, Bangkok.”

The Authorised Test Entities will apply MRA procedure GVF-101, which defines the set of standard tests that an antenna or earth station manufacturer must perform in order to apply for Type Approval from satellite operators. Use of this procedure not only improves the quality and completeness of test data, but helps reduce the time and cost required to bring new ground-segment technology to the market, thus advancing the competitiveness of satellite communications.

Authorized Test Entities (ATE's) are those individuals or organizations that the members believe are competent, impartial, and experienced enough to certify that test data taken by a manufacturer may be used with confidence by ANY satellite operator, without requiring any re-testing. Under the GVF-101 procedure, only those members of the GVF who are satellite operators may vote on approving Test Entities.

Parties interested in participating in the GVF-101, the GVF Mutual Recognition Arrangement Procedure for Type Approvals, may be downloaded from www.gvf.org/approvals/gvf-mra-documentation.html.

*About Aetheric Engineering’s Brian Corcoran

Aetheric Engineering Ltd is an independent consultancy, specialising in Satellite Communications, including both satellites and ground segment activities. Brian Corcoran leads our Type Approval activities, with over 40 years experience of installing, testing and commissioning of earth stations, both fixed and maritime. He has also participated in ETSI and CEPT. For more information; www.aetheric.co.uk.

*About AsiaSat’s Fred Ho

AsiaSat is a leading regional satellite operator in Asia. It has four in-orbit satellites providing services to both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Fred Ho has over 20 years of experience in the communications satellite industry. He looks after the satellite control and teleport operations at AsiaSat’s Tai Po Earthstation located in Hong Kong. For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com.

*About Colin Robinson

Mr. Robinson has more than 35 years experience in the design and test of spacecraft, marine, missile, aviation and ground based VSAT communications antennas systems. He has also been responsible for the design, test and certification of antenna test ranges and anechoic test facilities. Mr. Robinson serves as the Co-Chair to the GVF-MRA Working Group and is a contributor to the GVF-MRA type approval documentation. He has directed ETSI certification programs and the type approval of VSAT antennas for use with leading satellite operator services including Intelsat, Eutelsat, AsiaSat, Anatel, Palapa, Hispasat and others. Mr. Robinson may be contacted at colin.robinson@gvf.org or pegasuscommunications@embarqmail.com.

*About SSE-Thailand’s Christopher Sivertz

Christopher Sivertz has 32 years of experience in the ground segment of Satellite Communications. Mr. Sivertz has supervised the installation, commissioning and troubleshooting of Satcom Antenna and RF Systems in over 40 countries, mostly in developing regions. In recent years, Mr. Sivertz has expanded his focus on training with GVF/SatProf. Mr. Sivertz is based out of Bangkok, Thailand: www.s2c2satcom.com.

About GVF (www.gvf.org)

GVF is the international association of the satellite communications industry. Supported by 200 companies based in every major region of the world, GVF promotes higher standards of service, greater levels of market access, improved regulatory conditions, and heightened awareness by the private and public sectors of the advantages afforded by state-of-the-art satellite-based fixed and mobile solutions. For more information contact Liz.Grimm@gvf.org.

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.....“We congratulate the newly-appointed Authorised Test Entities,” said Fulvio Fresia, Co-Chair of the GVF Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) Working Group. ......."The new Authorised Test Entities are Aetheric Engineering’s Brian Corcoran, U.K.; AsiaSat’s Fred Ho, Hong Kong; Colin Robinson, U.S.; and SSE-Thailand’s Christopher Sivertz, Bangkok.” ......

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