New specifications for performance management of satellite multimedia networks

Sophia Antipolis, France – 1st December 2009

Satellite systems delivering broadband multimedia services need to be effectively managed to ensure satisfactory performance is maintained. In order to help improve compatibility of performance management functions of satellite systems and their network components a set of new specifications has been issued for ETSI Broadband Satellite Multimedia (BSM) systems. These specifications cover key issues needed in a functional framework for managing IP (Internet Protocol) services over satellite.

The approach used by ETSI's Technical Committee for Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (TC-SES) has been to ensure that protocols developed for terrestrial IP networks by the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) are compatible with Satellite systems, using BSM-defined adaptation when needed.

The suite of four technical specifications on this topic produced by the ETSI project team STF-344, funded by the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association, is as follows:
• TS 102 672: "Satellite Earth Station and systems (SES); Broadband Satellite Multimedia; Management Functional Architecture".
• TS 102 673: "Satellite Earth Station and systems (SES); Broadband Satellite Multimedia; Performance Parameters".
• TS 102 675-1: "Satellite Earth Station and systems (SES); Broadband Satellite Multimedia; Performance Management at the SI-SAP [Satellite Independent Service Access Point]".
• TS 102 675-2: "Satellite Earth Station and systems (SES); Broadband Satellite Multimedia; Performance Management Information Base".
The Management Functional Architecture provides a framework for satellite network management and the Performance Management uses this architecture to define management functions that are linked to the existing ETSI BSM Working Group (BSM-WG) Quality of Service specifications.

The Chairman of the BSM Working Group, Mr Rupert Goodings, commented:
'This suite of performance specifications represents an important new step in the evolution of the BSM-WG group specifications.  This first set of BSM management-plane specifications are designed to complement the existing BSM control-plane specifications.
I would like to thank the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association for their support of the industry experts that have completed this work. We look forward to continuing to develop and extend these BSM specifications over the next few years."

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About TC-SES and WG-BSM
ETSI TC-SES is the ETSI technical committee that is responsible for all types of satellite communications services. Within TC-SES the Working Group on Broadband Satellite Multimedia (WG-BSM) has been working on the creation of a series of standards for IP over Satellite for the last several years, based on a common BSM architecture and the associated IP interworking functions between satellite networks and terrestrial networks.
The objective of this WG-BSM work is to define a common functional architecture for satellite networks that provides a framework for efficient interworking between IP-based satellite networks and other IP-based networks, in particular fixed and mobile terrestrial networks. The resulting standards are designed to support the deployment of IP-over-satellite network services, with a particular emphasis on access network scenarios such as Internet access and remote office interconnections.

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