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.
For over a decade, Casbaa – and its Satellite Industry Committee – was active, along 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.
The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) now takes on that mantle.
Several governments have assigned C-band frequencies to broadband wireless systems, greatly impeding the locals’ ability to receive broadcasts on those frequencies – used for five decades by the satellite and television industries.
Tens of millions of C-band dishes serve hundreds of millions of Asian households and businesses.
C-band frequencies (3.4-4.2 GHz) are vital to operations of satellite services, particularly in tropical and subtropical regions, where other frequencies are bedevilled by “rain fade”.
Societies in the Asia-Pacific rely on C-band to support business communications, telemedicine, distance education, disaster recovery – and, of course, getting broadcast content to the region’s 575 million pay TV homes. One of the most important uses is distributing broadcast programming to millions of TV reception dishes (TVROs).
But other groups have their eye on the C-band frequencies.
Several administrations have already assigned portions of that band for wireless broadband systems – with disastrous results; sharing doesn’t work over satellite’s ultra-long distances. The ITU has been asked to further open the C-band for use by 4G and future 5G (IMT) wireless systems.
AVIA and its members are fighting back against this invasion.
If you’d like a clear, one-page representation of the issues involved, you can download one here.
If you’re a user of satellite C-band services, contact your regulator.
If you are a pay TV operator, ask your engineering people if you rely on the C-band to get the programming you and your customers need. Then contact your national telecoms regulator, and let them know that C-band is vital for your business and your links with the rest of the world.