In the private sector, SSPI recognizes BBC World Ltd. for the innovative use of digital technology and creative application of satellite transponder capacity to distribute global and regional TV channels to 255 million households BBC World is the BBC's commercially funded 24-hour international news and information channel and a member of the BBC's commercial group of companies. Funded by advertising and subscription, it was launched in its present format in 1995, when it was available only in Europe, India and the Middle East. In the subsequent nine years, the channel has seen an eleven-fold increase in its reach. Hubbed from the UK, BBC World now uses a combination of eight different streams, including both analog and digital signals. The 30 satellites give global contribution and distribution to regional play-out centers and platform operators in every necessary format. Through the pioneering use of digital technology and these satellite systems, BBC World is now recognized by viewers and the cable and satellite industry as an award-winning global brand and a balanced, accurate and trusted source of news.
Global Meterological Satellite Services
In the public sector, SSPI recognizes the profound impact of the global network of meteorological satellites on science, commerce and the lives of citizens around the world.. The global weather satellite system includes a constellation of five satellites evenly spaced around the equator in geostationary orbit and two satellites in near-polar orbits. Its creation was made possible by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), an agency of the United Nations, as part of the Worldwide Weather Watch. Today, the entire system is coordinated on a purely voluntary basis by members of the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS). The first CGMS meeting took place in 1972 and it has been meeting on an annual basis ever since. Membership is CGMS is restricted to operators of environmental satellites and to WMO and the International Oceanographic Commission (IOC) in their capacity as major user organizations. Current membership includes China, EUMETSAT, India, Japan, Russia, the USA, the WMO and the IOC. EUMETSAT acts as the Secretariat for CGMS.
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