Satellite Issues

Effective regulation of the satellite communications industry is essential to Asian consumers’ ability to receive the thousands of television streams that make up the Asian pay-TV industry. 

In recent years, CASBAA and its Satellite Industry Committee have been active, with other international satellite industry associations, in urging national and international regulatory bodies not to make frequency assignments that will result in fatal interference with TV broadcasts. (Several governments have assigned broadband wireless systems such as WiMax into C-band frequencies, ending the locals’ ability to receive broadcasts on those frequencies – used for five decades by the satellite and television industries.)


CASBAA has formed a Wireless Action Group to monitor Asian developments on this key issue, and energetically defend these key frequencies for the Asian television industry.

Tax rise warning from CASBAA and Indian Broadcasters

Monday, 22 April 2013 11:04

Hidden in the recent Indian budget was a boost in taxes on satellite transmission services. CASBAA and the Indian Broadcasting Foundation have written to Finance Minister P. Chidambaram with a clear warning: higher satellite taxes will mean hikes in TV bills for hundreds of millions of Indian consumers. The Associations noted that for the previous decade the trend had been to lower such taxes to facilitate India's integration with the rest of the world and more closely track rates in other countries. The recent budget reverses that trend, proposing a boost in the tax rate from 10% to 25%. CASBAA and IBF called the higher rate "highly unreasonable, arbitrary and unjustified in prevailing market conditions." They noted that the increase in taxation will inevitably cascade down and fall on a great mass of Indian taxpayers.

Download the letter here.


Join Our Efforts to Safeguard C-band Spectrum!

Monday, 04 February 2013 18:12

Asian broadcasting and satellite organizations have united to appeal for attention and support by companies in Asia’s many countries and regions for efforts to safeguard the satellite C-band frequencies which are the lifeblood of broadcast distribution in our region.  These Associations have issued a joint appeal, which we attach, and urge all CASBAA members to consider and implement.

C-band frequencies are under threat as the ITU seeks additional frequency spectrum to assign for broadband wireless systems.   Some mobile equipment manufacturers and mobile operating interests are mounting a concerted campaign to have the ITU declare part or all of the C-band as open for mobile use.  This would be disastrous for the broadcasting industry.

The Associations – which represent the entire breadth of the broadcasting industry in Asia -- believe it is important that broadcasters act NOW; we ask the broadcast community to join efforts with the satellite industry to safeguard C-band spectrum for satellite services.  The joint statement attached describes what needs to be done.

This statement has been endorsed by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council, and CASBAA, as well as the World Broadcasting Union (International Satellite Operations Group and the Global VSAT Forum.

Document can be downloaded here


Asian Satellite Reps Describe C-band Interference Challenge

Thursday, 06 December 2012 16:43

CASBAA’s consultant Jorn Christensen and experts from member company Asiasat united to deliver a scientific paper and presentation to the prestigious IEEE Globecom 2012 conference in Anaheim, CA, USA on December 6, 2012.   Christensen told the 2,000 assembled delegates from the global electronics and communications industries that interference into satellite reception from terrestrial broadband wireless systems is a real and growing problem in many countries.   The likelihood is for the situation to get worse, he said, and the ITU is debating opening up the C-band for broader use, with potentially disastrous consequences.    Download the presentation above, and the scientific paper here.


India Satellite Report Planned

Tuesday, 31 July 2012 17:14

CASBAA members can look forward to an illuminating look at supply and demand in India’s satellite services market by year-end.  The Association has commissioned PwC to examine actual and potential demand for transponder space from DTH operators and others, and compare that with available capacity from Indian and foreign satellite operators.    The last time CASBAA undertook such a survey five years ago, the Association foresaw a bandwidth crunch from growing demand from planned DTH services.  We were right.  Now, the services are real, and are being viewed in 40 million homes.  To accommodate the growth, the Indian government has allowed use of some foreign-operated transponders, but CASBAA wants to see if there are additional measures that should be taken to accommodate demand in a key Indian growth sector.


CASBAA Urges India to Abandon Retroactive Satellite Tax Plan

Tuesday, 17 April 2012 00:00

A host of international business associations from a wide range of India’s major trading partner and investment partner countries have urged the Indian government to abandon to impose sweeping retroactive taxation affecting a large number of industries.  CASBAA has taken up advocacy on behalf of the international satellite industry.  Both satellite operators and their Indian customers and consumers would suffer from the planned imposition of new tax rules.  In its letter to the Indian Finance Ministry, CASBAA noted – as far as the satellite industry is concerned – retroactivity could not be justified on the basis that the government was merely “clarifying” existing tax law.  Said CASBAA: “certain concepts that are fundamental to satellite services (i.e. satellite, up-linking, amplification, conversion for down-linking of any signal)…were not prevalent in India in 1976 and thus, it is inconceivable to think that a concept that did not exist in 1976 was intended to have been present in the legislation.”

For CASBAA Members Only: A short “Background Briefing”, Copies of the letters to the Finance Minister by CASBAA, and by the international business associations, can be found on this page.



Concerns over Space Assets Protocol

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 00:00

CASBAA has joined the European Satellite Operators Association (ESOA), the Satellite Industry Association of (SIA) of the United States and the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) to express urgent global concern over proposed new international legislation, the Space Assets Protocol, sponsored by the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) based in Italy.

Meanwhile, some 90 satellite operators, manufacturers and financiers drawn from around the world have also written to UNIDROIT and its member governments to register their own deep-seated reservations.

To read the letter, click here

For further background, see here


Australian Pay-TV Association Joins in Urging Government to Ditch Satellite Park Plan

Wednesday, 26 October 2011 16:43

Subscription Television and Radio Association) has joined CASBAA and individual TV companies in urging regulator ACMA not to implement a proposed move of C-band TVRO dishes to remove satellite parks.   Noting “the vital role of C-band services in the delivery of international program feeds for Australian consumers,” ASTRA expressed “opposition to any proposed uses of the C-Band for mobile wireless services that would interfere with the operation of existing and future fixed satellite services in these frequencies.”   Astra’s submission can be downloaded from their website, here.


CASBAA to Australia: Satellite Parks are a Lousy Idea

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 00:00

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is considering requiring C-band satellite dishes to move out of cities into a few isolated “satellite parks.”  In an October 2011 submission, CABAA and its member companies told ACMA that C-band remains the “workhorse” of the satellite industry, vital for distribution of television programming to many countries, including Australia.  In addition to leading pay-TV operators, Australian citizens and companies also depend on C-band transmission for direct reception of niche television programming meeting various cultural and linguistic needs. “This group should be assured of continued access to cable TV programming,” CASBAA said.”



CASBAA, “Deeply Concerned,” Urges India Not to Touch C-band

Monday, 12 September 2011 00:00

India’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRAI) is considering how best to favor development of IMT-Advanced wireless broadband services.  In an August 19 Consultation Paper, TRAI proposed a number of frequency bands for public comment.   CASBAA urged the Indian government not to further consider using C-band for this purpose.  Widely used by Indian broadcasters and cable companies, the C-band is “not suitable for use by…broadband wireless systems…since such use may jeopardize essential C-band communication services across India, and in neighbouring countries as well.”   Read the CASBAA submission here.


CASBAA Joins WRC Prep Meeting

Wednesday, 06 July 2011 00:00

CASBAA’s WAG Consultant, Jorn Christensen, represented the Association at a July 4-6 Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) preparatory meeting for WRC 2012.   Christensen spoke on the importance of obtaining ITU recognition that a “fixed”  wireless broadband service is often equivalent to a “mobile” one, from a satellite interference perspective, as the receiving terminals (computers) can be effectively located anywhere in the service area, even if they don’t “walk around.”   He used a recent Satellite Industry Committee Presentation to brief the ABU’s free-to-air broadcasters on C-band interference challenges.


(Picture shows Christensen (on right) with ABU Technical Department Director Sharad Sadhu.)


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