Satellite C-Band Frequencies are Essential to Indian Consumers

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

In a submission to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), CASBAA pointed out that satellite C-band frequencies support television services to 149 million Indian homes, as well as VSAT networks and other critical communications services. Said CASBAA: "the wide use currently being made of this spectrum for the benefit of the Indian population is a convincing reason for the Indian government to oppose "harmonized" designation of the C-band frequencies for IMT."

The submission rebutted "fallacies and misinformation" provided to the TRAI in a submission by the mobile industry, some parts of which were "manifestly untrue." The mobile industry is seeking to have the ITU's next World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) divert C-band frequencies for mobile use. This strategy, said the CASBAA submission, seeks to lower mobile investment costs by acquiring additional spectrum which is providing television and other services to Indian consumers. "The cheapest option that allows this wealthy industry to avoid investing money into their networks is to ask for more spectrum. Taking spectrum used by other industries such as satellite costs mobile operators nothing but has a massive knock-on cost to society in terms of services lost."

Download the CASBAA Submission Here

Download the ITU's Latest Report on Non-compatibility (Appendix One) Here

Download a Consultant's Analysis of World-Wide Availability of Spectrum for Mobile IMT Services (Appendix Two) Here

Download a Comparison of Indian Spectrum Projections (Appendix Three) Here

Download a Review of the "Speculator" Model Used by a Mobile-Industry-Led ITU Study Group (Appendix Four) Here


Tax rise warning from CASBAA and Indian Broadcasters

Monday, 22 April 2013

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.


India Satellite Report Planned

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

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

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.



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

Monday, 12 September 2011

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's second submission to TRAI on channel cap

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

CASBAA advised the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) that no cap on the number of TV channels in India is necessary or advisable. Satellite spectrum is not a realistic constraint, with room in the C-band for more than 10,000 standard TV channels on satellites already visible from India. India’s government should set clear, transparent qualification standards for companies wishing to launch TV channels, but then let the market decide how many succeed. 

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Channels "blocked" by Wimax Interference

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Gulf Daily News - BAHRAIN'S Indian community is up-in-arms over satellite channels from home allegedly being blocked by Internet signals, broadcast on the same frequency. 

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CASBAA's Submission on Allocation and Pricing of Spectrum to TRAI

Friday, 02 May 2008

CASBAA submits to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India "Consultation Paper on Allocation and Pricing for 2.3-2.4 GHz, 2.5-2.69 GHz & 3.3-3.6 GHz bands" dated 2 May 2008. 

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India's telecom regulator wants spectrum auction

Monday, 17 December 2007 - India's telecoms regulator has recommended that spectrum required for mobile television services be auctioned. 

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DTH transponder crunch: Industry calls for constellation of satellites

Thursday, 06 September 2007 - The seminars at the ongoing International Astronautical Congress discuss issues of satellites offering different services and dedicated satellites for DTH, HDTV, mobile TV, standard TV, games, and video on demand (VoD). 

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