Satcomms operators to ACMA: protect our C-band – Telco/ISP

Satellite operators want the Australian Communications and Media Authority to halt reallocating spectrum from satellite communications to the cellular sector.

In a report released this 7 days by the Communications Alliance (pdf), the satellite field calls on the ACMA to consider a a lot more intercontinental technique to spectrum replanning.

Launching the report, the alliance’s Satellite Services Working Group mentioned it wants the govt “to take part additional comprehensively in worldwide decision-earning about the world coordination of use of radiofrequency spectrum bands that supply online video, facts, content and connectivity for all Australians”.

The most contested spectrum is in the C-band.

The report mentioned: “C-band spectrum is unmatched for complete, wide spot satellite coverage with the implementation of hemispherical and world coverage beams which are implementable many thanks to the certain favourable propagation qualities of the band.”

Fixed satellite expert services have, nonetheless, lost “significant areas of the 3400 – 3700 MHz band” to 5G cell services.

If spectrum reallocations all go ahead in accordance to the ACMA’s strategies, the report said: “Only the 4000 – 4200 MHz band will be secured for FSS Earth get throughout metro, regional and remote regions, which will not be shared with 5G or WBB providers. 

“This make a difference is of ongoing issue to FSS operators, who request obtain to suitable and economically feasible C-band spectrum to guidance Australian purchaser prerequisites, as well as specialized and regulatory measures that will sufficiently defend the continuation of the present and future FSS receiver operations”, the report stated.

The obstacle in defending spectrum, the report stated, is that the ACMA regards these types of choices as domestic.

The report said: “The SSWG is for that reason at times relatively disappointed when our members are informed sure problems getting dealt with by the ITU are considered ‘domestic matters’ from an Australian viewpoint and that our local regulatory stakeholders do not would like to engage in a world wide coordination process”.

“Very few, if any troubles in the ITU are domestic issues, in our view, and the consequence of deliberations on all of them have an effect on the marketplace. The SSWG will spotlight latest concerns in our discussions below, but the comment is a general one particular,” it claimed.

“The SSWG encourages the ACMA to be more associated in applicable ITU and APT conversations and to empower sector associates to make their needs and perspectives heard in the forums.”

As nicely as Australian satellite operators and resellers, the operating group incorporates international players like Inmarsat, Intelsat, Amazon and SpaceX.