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.

A submission in response to the IMDA’s Consultation on 5G Mobile Services and Networks on behalf of the Asia-Pacific Communications Council, CASBAA, the Global VSAT Forum, and the EMEA Satellite Operators Association. Please download the pdf here.

At a recent Satellite Connectivity Workshop organized in Fiji by the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity, Intelsat VP for Spectrum Strategy Hazem Moakkit offered an interesting and important take on issues that were resolved at the ITU’s 2015 WRC conference – and the ones that are looming for the next WRC in 2019. Everyone with a stake in the Asian broadcasting industry should…

CASBAA joined its member companies and other stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific satellite industry in organizing a Satellite Connectivity Workshop in Fiji on April 24, 2017 in conjunction with the Policy and Regulatory Forum for the Pacific (PRFP), arranged by the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity. APT members and friends spent a day discussing important issues affecting the communications industries in the Pacific Islands,…

Broadcast industry brief on the importance of protecting spectrum access for satellite services. Paul Brown-Kenyon, CEO, MEASAT

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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."

CASBAA commissioned a detailed study by Paris-based technology consultancy Euroconsult, to examine the situation on-the-ground in three markets representative of the diverse economies of southern Asia and the Pacific. The study found that – in addition to the hundreds of millions of consumers who rely on C-band television streams – the banking and finance, energy production, and government sectors were particularly dependent on satellite networks using C-band spectrum, which is prized for its reliability and scope of coverage.

The global satellite network is one of the stellar achievements of the 20th Century. And it is a bridge to greater progress in the 21st. From their vantage point high in space, satellites deliver a stunning range of services. Each one depends on the ability to transmit radio frequency signals across vast distances. From Earth to space and back again, distance drains the energy from these signals, requiring all our ingenuity to receive and interpret the information they contain. But interpret it we do. And every day of the year, those tenuous signals inform and educate us, feed the hungry and save lives. They forecast the weather, navigate our vehicles, transact business, restore services disrupted by disaster and fill our free time with entertainment.

CASBAA's Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros discusses why C-band satellite communication is so important for countries in Asia, and why the mobile industry's demand estimates are way off base, in an interview with Kevin French, publisher of the ­Talk Satellite business magazine.

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