GVF News 15 April 2015
- Category: News
- Published on Friday, 23 November 2012 00:00
BROADCASTERS AND SATELLITE SERVICE PROVIDERS EXPAND
DEFENCE OF KEY SPECTRUM IN PREPARATION FOR ITU WORLD RADIOCOMMUNICATION CONFERENCE
WBU-ISOG, Regional Broadcasting Unions, GVF and Other Satellite Associations Coordinate with Multiple User Groups to Push Back Against Wireless Industry Attempts to Grab Vital Satellite Spectrum
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
LAS VEGAS - Broadcasters, the satellite industry and other concerned user groups are escalating combined efforts to ensure that spectrum used to support their services is not given to the wireless industry during this year’s ITU World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC-15) in Geneva. The issue, which has been at the forefront of discussions during NAB this week, has become one of the most controversial items in the WRC-15 agenda.
In preparation for WRC-15, the World Broadcasting Unions – International Satellite Operations Group (WBU-ISOG) and GVF, the international association of the satellite communications industry, are now coordinating advocacy efforts with other concerned organizations representing the civil aviation, maritime, humanitarian, and meteorological sectors, among others.
Leading up to WRC-15, the terrestrial wireless companies are lobbying heavily for additional spectrum in the C-band (receive/downlink) frequency band of 3.4 – 4.2 GHz. Operation of International Mobile Telecommunications (“IMT”) in the C-band has the potential to cause excessive levels of interference and might preclude future use by broadcasters and numerous other industries that depend on the high reliability of satellite services supported by the band.
“The IMT industry is well-funded and has local companies in most countries around the world. They are making a concerted effort to claim additional spectrum,” said David Hartshorn, Secretary General of GVF. “The broadcast community is to be commended for joining efforts with the satellite industry and other user groups to safeguard C-band spectrum for satellite services.”
Activities that are suggested for broadcasters and allied user groups include the following:
- Collect information on how many users/viewers are benefiting from your C-band services (e.g. 7000+ cable head-ends in the U.S. serving 80 Million viewers, in Brazil 72 Million viewers).
- Report cases of interference from terrestrial wireless services.
- Meet with local government on a regular basis and encourage partners and customers around the world to do the same.
- Highlight the importance of C-band (satellite links) to your operations/business.
- Showcase the number of customers/viewers that rely upon the programming that you provide to them via C-band.
- Explain the impact that interference in your C-band link has caused or could cause to your customers further down the transmission chain
- Participate in the ITU Process on a local and global basis
- Follow WRC-15 agenda item 1.1: “to consider additional spectrum allocations to the mobile service on a primary basis and identification of additional frequency bands for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT)…”.
- Engage in consultations that propose changes to the National Table of Frequency Allocations and alert other industry players to ongoing consultations.
Information about the issue can be downloaded from www.satellite-spectrum-initiative.com.
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