Australia

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

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

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

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.”

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CASBAA Urges Australia To Avoid C-band for Mobile Broadband; Warns of International Repercussions

Thursday, 30 June 2011

In a submission to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), CASBAA pointed out that decisions by national regulatory bodies can have serious repercussions for the commercial viability of international services.  This is especially true of frequency allocations affecting international satellite services, and CASBAA expressed “deep concern” at ACMA consideration of licensing standard C-band frequencies for mobile broadband services.  CASBAA’s bottom line:  “We urge ACMA not to further consider using these frequencies for mobile broadband services, as to do so will contribute to jeopardizing essential C-band communication services across a wide swathe of Australia’s neighbouring countries.”

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ACMA Responds; Stresses Protection for Satellite Services

Thursday, 08 October 2009

The Australian Communications and Multimedia Authority (ACMA) published a detailed response to comments received on its plans to move forward with licensing broadband wireless systems in the extended C-band. ACMA stressed that its policy is to use urban exclusion zones to ensure that existing services, such as satellite services, are sufficiently protected from broadband wireless systems. It also underlined that it has not made any decisions with respect to requiring earth stations to locate in "satellite parks." Download the ACMA response paper here. Further information can also be found on the ACMA website.

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CASBAA expresses concern about protection of satellite earth stations from wireless interference

Thursday, 14 May 2009

In a submission to the Australian Communications and Media Authority, CASBAA stressed the importance of protecting existing satellite receiving stations from interference from new broadband wireless (BWA) systems. CASBAA also urged that an embargo on new satellite dishes be lifted in rural areas where there is no market support for new BWA systems, and expressed concern that Australia might be mulling forced moves for satellite dishes into "satellite parks." 

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ACMA releases paper on allocation of 3.6 GHz band for wireless access services

Saturday, 02 May 2009

A typical Australian consumer of C-band TV services took the time to write to ACMA and protest plans to use C-band frequencies for broadband systems. "If this spectrum is used for broadband," wrote the consumer, "I will have all my satellite signals blocked out, and have nothing." CASBAA thinks this individual is similar to many millions of consumers, in Australia and many other countries, whose TV signals – obtained directly or through cable TV systems -- are at risk. See this consumer’s point of view here.

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Australia implements limited licensing of wireless access in C-band

Wednesday, 01 April 2009

Australia's regulatory authority, ACMA, released a consultation paper on modalities of licensing broadband wireless systems at 3575-3700 MHz in rural areas. Strict coordination procedures to protect existing satellite earth stations are envisaged, which ACMA believes will enable both wireless and satellite services to coexist in the 3.6 GHz band. Major urban areas will remain closed to wireless access systems, to protect satellite users. View the complete consultation paper here.

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Australia: Response of the Global VSAT Forum, APSCC and CASBAA to ACMA

Thursday, 31 July 2008

On behalf of APSCC and CASBAA, The Global VSAT Forum ("GVF") provided comments to ACMA consultations on "Improving the Management of Government Spectrum Holdings" and "Five-year Spectrum Outlook 2009-2014." The comments focus on the use of C-band frequencies by the fixed satellite service ("FSS") and the potential use of these frequencies by other services.

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