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Acronyms you might run in to and wonder what they mean.

Acronyms you might run in to and wonder what they mean.<br> <br>

ABS automatic beam switching
ACM adaptive coding and modulation
ACU antenna control unit (below decks usually)
BUC block up converter (for data conversion) - Transmitter
C, Ka, Ku frequency bands used by VSAT
CIR Committed Information Rates, the minimum you will be guaranteed
CDMA code division multiple access
DVB-S Digital Video Broadcasting
DVB-S2 Digital Video Broadcasting generation 2
ECDIS Electronic Chart Display and Information System
FAP Fair Access Policy
FEC forward error correction
FUP Fair Use Policy, similar to Fair Access Policy
GB Gigabytes of data (notice the capital B
Gb Gigabits of data (lower case b) is 8 times less than GB
GMDSS Global Maritime Distress and Safety System
GPS Global Positioning System
GSM Global system for mobile communications
gt Gross tonnage of ships
GUI Graphical User Interface
ICT Information and Communications Technology
IEC International Electrotechnical Commission
IMA Integrated Marine Antenna
IMO International Maritime Organization
INS Integrated Navigation System
IMSO International Mobile Satellite Organization
IPTV Television over an Internet Protocol
Kbps kilobits (thousand) bits per second data speeds, notice the lowercase b
L-band frequency band used for VSAT back up
LAN Local Area Network
LEO Low Earth Orbit satellites
LNB low-noise block down converter (receiver)
LO local oscillator (frequency oscillation in receiver)
MB megabytes (million) of data
Mbps megabits (million) per second data speeds
MBR maximum burst rate
MHz megahertz (unit of frequency)
MIR maximum information rate
MPLS multi-protocol label switching
MSS mobile satellite services
MXP media exchange point
NMEA National Marine Electronics Association (US)
OpenAMIP internet protocol for communication between antenna and modem
OSV offshore support vessel
PLL phase-locked loop
PSTN public switched telephone network
QHSE quality, health, safety, and environment
QoS quality of service
RCS return channel via satellite
RF radio frequency
ROSS roaming oceanic satellite server
SCPC single channel per carrier
SCADA supervisory control and data acquisition applications
TCP transmission control protocol
TDMA time division multiple access protocol
USB universal serial bus (standardised computer port)
VCM variable coding and modulation
VHF very high frequency
VoIP voice over an internet protocol
VPN virtual private network
VSAT very small aperture terminal
WAN wide area network
WiFi wireless fidelity (short range wireless connectivity)