Interference prevention and mitigation are to be addressed in the Asia-Pacific region through closer collaboration between national, regional and global satellite industry groups. The quality-assurance plans were announced during an Interference-Prevention Summit co-organised by the Interference Reduction Group (IRG), Global VSAT Forum (GVF) and Indonesian Satellite Industry Association (ASSI) in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC).

The plans, which have already begun to be implemented in several Asian nations, arise from a broader global collaboration of the satellite industry with the World Broadcasting Unions – International Satellite Operations Group (WBU-ISOG) and the Radio Frequency Interference – End User Initiative.

Through the plans, four parallel initiatives are under way: training, product quality assurance, spectrum management and carrier ID. The first three facets of the plan are designed to help prevent interference, while the fourth aims to help industry more effectively respond when interference incidents occur.

"Asian demand for satellite communications services is escalating exponentially, and it is time for the industry to provide even higher assurances of quality of service," said a joint statement of APSCC, ASSI, GVF and IRG. "Strengthening skills, product performance, spectrum management, and satellite operator's ability to react to interference incidents will enable the industry to continue to provide the high level of service that users have come to expect."