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Satellite industry engages the military to conquer interference

October 15, 2013
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The Global VSAT Forum (GVF), and the Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG) announced they are actively engaging the military in interference discussions and initiatives.
Satellite services are widely used by military commanders to provide key tactical communications capabilities to their forces anywhere in the world. Interference, either unintended or deliberate, is becoming a major threat to maintaining assured and reliable communications links.
“Interference is a potential issue for all satellite service users,” commented David Hartshorn, Secretary General, GVF. “However for the military it can literally be a matter of life and death if valuable communication links are severed, even momentarily.”
As part of this global push, both groups will be joining Cobham Technical Services and Eutelsat for a pre-conference workshop alongside Global MilSatCom in London. The workshop, entitled Conquering Interference: The Next Big SatCom Challenge, takes place from 13:00 on Monday 4th November.
“We are keen to engage the military and get them involved in our interference prevention initiatives,” commented Martin Coleman, Executive Director, IRG. “For these initiatives to work we need full support from across the chain and the military is a crucial part of that. The workshop is the continuation of a wider campaign aimed at engaging the military.”
“We are pleased to be hosting this interference workshop,” commented Martin Shelley, Product Manager, Cobham Technical Services. “The workshop will bring together satellite operator, installer and equipment supplier perspectives, and look at the main sources of interference in satellite communications links.”
For further information about the workshop, or to register, please visit the Global MilSatCom website -

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