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Specialist Task Force 344:
Broadband Satellite Multimedia: Management and Control interworking and interoperability

Who we are: 

Team Leader: Robert Mort
Team Members: Matteo Berioli
Haitham Cruickshank

What we do:

The STF will produce the following reports and standards:


  • DTS/SES-00289: Management Functional Architecture 
  • DTS/SES-00290: Performance Parameters


  • DTS/SES-00291: PIM-SM Adaptation 
  • DTS/SES-00292: Performance Management at the SI-SAP 
  • DTS/SES-00293: Performance Management MIB 
  • DTR/SES-00294: Performance Enhancing Proxies (PEPs)

The following draft documents are available for review and your inputs and comments are welcome:

Read our Terms of Reference

Why we do it:

Satellite technology is an important delivery platform for diverse services such as interactive TV and mobile, high-speed internet access. Satellite services are particularly useful for rural and outlying regions, where other systems are difficult to deploy on a commercial basis. They therefore can play a crucial role in ensuring that all Europeans can access high quality information services.

It is important that satellite networks offer IP network services comparable to and competitive with terrestrial services, in particular with regard to support for multimedia applications and general interoperability of IP-services. These objectives can only be achieved if the development of satellite standards keeps pace with the rapid evolution of the interoperability for terrestrial IP network standards. A set of such open standards will enable service providers to identify and support common service platforms, and manufacturers to design competitive solutions.

The work is a further development of the ETSI TC SES/WG-BSM functional architecture which is being used as the basis for a family of IP-related satellite standards. This work to date has resulted in a new functional architecture that separates the higher layer IP-based network services from the lower layer satellite-dependent radio interface. This approach is based on the 3G network architecture (which separates the functions into "Access Stratum" and "Non-Access Stratum"). The BSM architecture is now being used to define a set of IP interworking standards that are optimised for satellite networks, but independent of any specific system and hence applicable to all satellite systems.

The further development of the BSM architecture, in particular extending this formal separation between the upper and lower layers into new technical areas, together with the overall focus on IP-based networks, is applicable to the Framework Directive 2002/21/EC (A common regulatory framework for electronic communication networks and services) and also takes account of the move to Next Generation Networks.

The work is also designed to meet the Objectives of the EU i2010 strategy, in particular the continuation of the eEurope2005 objectives of Broadband and e-Inclusion. The standards are designed to be used to encourage the provision of high bandwidth satellite communications and to ensure that these high bandwidth communications can be used to provide the full range of digital information services such as eCall, eGovernment, eHealth and e-Learning.

The following questionnaires have been issued to encourage feedback on the work, and further replies are welcome:

Time plan for the work:

We intend to complete our work by end December 2009.

How to contact us:

If you would like more information, please contact the STF Leader on:

Note: this information is based upon STF working assumptions.
The views expressed do not necessarily represent the position of ETSI in this context.

Last updated: 2013-04-13 17:31:00