Technology

Casbaa satellite forum condemns 'spectrum grab'

MUMBAI: Delegates and government officials attending the 18th Casbaa Satellite Industry Forum 2007 in June were warned that the unconsidered deployment of planned wireless broadband technologies are a critical threat to the operations of the Asia Pacific satellite industry‘s C-band (3.4 GHz - 3.7 GHz range) services and the industry‘s entire livelihood.













According to Casbaa, if regional administrations allocate C-band spectrum to much-hyped WiMAX services, the impact of a "spectrum grab" from Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) technologies could be disastrous.


Over 180 decision-making executives from the satellite industry drawn from around the world participated in the Singapore event, exchanging industry insights and addressing issues facing the Asia Pacific market.

 

"Unlike BWA, which can be located in other spectrum bands, satellite providers do not have the option of changing frequencies. We cannot go anywhere. We cannot change frequencies for satellite services tomorrow," said AsiaSat CEO Peter Jackson.


In addition to WiMAX, various 4G mobile telephony initiatives are targeting the entire range of C-Band spectrum in meetings of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), officials attending the meeting from India, China, Hong Kong, Pakistan and Singapore were warned, states an offcial release.


"Indeed, the entire satellite industry in the Asia Pacific could be affected, with operators forced to shut down satellite services along with hundreds of TV channels. If this proposed bandwidth grab is finalised, the effects on the media and satellite industries could be catastrophic," said Casbaa CEO Simon Twiston Davies.

 
AsiaSat GM Engineering Barry Turner explained that "the severity of the interference from Broadband Wireless Access technology is now well understood, and in the countries where broadband wireless trials have been licensed, the ‘jamming‘ of satellite signals has blacked out numerous customers. It is telling that the ITU and BWA industry bodies already agree on the effects, now leaving each national administration to choose between killing satellite C-band or putting BWA in a different frequency band."

That‘s why Asia Pacific satellite industry leaders have been calling on governments to take a considered approach in the allocation of existing satellite services. Processes to consider such allocations are under way in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Australia, Taiwan and the Philippines, among others.


The provision of "open skies" with unrestricted access for satellite services to domestic markets was also discussed at the forum. Once again, Casbaa delegates were united in a call for governments to allow the industry to realize the full opportunity of such policies.


"Satellite has great potential to bridge the digital divide," said, Inmarsat regional director Asia Pacific Ken Cheong. "As a worldwide provider, the more markets we can reach, the more we can bring down pricing and increase affordability. We can support rural and social development programs across Asia and do so in an affordable way."


Nevertheless, while the operating environment in the region has been improving, the further adoption of best practices -- both technical and regulatory -- and the introduction of new satellite investment are essential factors for enhancing industry growth.


"The good news is that we are making progress and there have been substantial positive steps in the right direction. As we have more successes, we can provide better and cheaper services throughout Asia," said Asia Broadcast Satellite president Gregg Daffner.


The 180 decision-making delegates in Singapore also heard that the demand of mobile TV, Direct to Home (DTH) and HDTV services will be key drivers for future growth.


Emerging mobile TV services are sweeping the world with the Asia Pacific market benefiting from that development. TU Media president and CEO of South Korea Dr. Young-Kil Suh delivered a keynote address on the growth of Mobile TV in his home market, where TU Media serves 1.1 million consumers via handheld TV devices. "Customers expect the same quality and coverage of our service as they get with voice mobile. Indoor is as important as outdoor," he said.


Asia is also set to be the single most important DTH market in the world. For example, India‘s DTH market has grown to 5 million subscribers in just over two years and the rest of Asia wants to follow.


Mass audiences in Asia are also slowly gearing up for High Definition TV(HDTV) services following the US, where 24 of the 48 million HDTV sets in the US are effectively connected to HD content. HDTV has become a key demand driver for TV audiences the world over and 100 per cent conversion is just a matter of time, delegates were told.


"Today‘s gathering highlights the need for a technically enlightened, lightly regulated environment for our industry, which has made billions of dollars in long term investment in equipment and services," said Intelsat‘s regional VP, Asia Pacific and Casbaa Satellite Industry Committee chairman David Ball.


"Open Skies, technologically neutral and open markets are essential for the growth of the media and telecommunication sector - and it will continue now in Asia - if our regulator colleagues can grasp the nettle of technological change," said Casbaa‘s Twiston Davies.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/05/16/divesh.jpg?itok=zBE4YL3k
Livestreaming App SWOO sees momentum in India; Launches Trivia Format in India

SWOO, a leading global livestreaming platform established in Middle East, today announced the launch of its SWOO TRIVIA SHOW ? a celebrity hosted live video streaming game show for Indians. SWOO is a user friendly, engaging and feature-rich live broadcasting app available across Android/ iOS/ Web...

Technology Software Applications
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/05/14/TiVo-800.jpg?itok=YeoN1Hcd
TiVo exits STB business

MUMBAI: TiVo is exiting the manufacturing, sales and distribution of set-top boxes to a yet-undisclosed third party, the company has said.

Technology Hardware Set-top Boxes
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/05/09/iot.jpg?itok=8nXgmc_U
IET India IoT Panel joins hands with exhibitions india group for the 3rd edition of IoT india congress

IoT India Congress is India?s Platform of Platforms for the Internet of Things conceptualized by IET India IoT Panel, a think tank constituted by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) India. The 3rd edition of IoT India Congress will be hosted in collaboration with India?s leading...

Technology Software Firmware
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/05/08/lexi.jpg?itok=uPD543QG
Tata Elxsi's Automation suite adopted by pan-European Media and Telecommunications Company

Tata Elxsi, a global design and technology services company, announced the licensing of its integrated test automation and monitoring suite ?FalconEye? to a pan-European media and telecommunications company for OTT automation and improving streaming performance.

Technology Software Firmware
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/04/13/nabshow.jpg?itok=S9rP2yss
Verimatrix recognized for contributions to latin american Pay-TV market with PRODU award win at NAB Show

LAS VEGAS: Verimatrix, a specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for network-connected devices and services, has received the PRODU Award for Best Pay-TV Technology Contribution on behalf of its MultiRights? OTT solution. MultiRights helps service providers effectively navigate the modern OTT...

Technology Software Firmware
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/04/09/magai.jpg?itok=233hZ8S7
Amagi debuts machine-learning powered content-preparation suite

Amagi, a cloud-based technology provider for media processing, has launched Tornado, a machine learning-based content preparation service that enables TV networks and content owners to scale their operations and accelerate broadcast workflows.

Technology Hardware Components
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/03/08/tivo.jpg?itok=1e68Zg0C
Sharp and TiVo extend interactive program guide deal to power content Discovery across entertainment devices

MUMBAI: TiVo Corporation (NASDAQ: TIVO), a global leader in entertainment technology and audience insights, today announced that Sharp Corporation will further utilize TiVo?s G-Guide HTML across Sharp 4K smart TVs and Ultra HD Blu-ray recorders in Japan, TiVo?s G-Guide xD app and remote schedule...

Technology Hardware Components
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/25/priyanka.jpg?itok=s2F-oxzy
HARMAN announces Priyanka Chopra as global brand ambassador

HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today announced that actress, singer, producer and philanthropist Priyanka Chopra has been named a global brand ambassador for the...

Technology Hardware Components
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/24/etere_0.jpg?itok=PCzLNCEq
Etere HSM expands interoperability with Grass Valley

Etere HSM features an integration with Grass Valley that improves interoperability, streamlines connectivity, enables faster content processing and includes deep archive capabilities. Etere introduces a new integration layer between Etere Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) and Grass Valley...

Technology Hardware Components

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories