Issue No 11: 23 May 2018
ACOMMS 2018 Key Dates
Call for Satellite and Mobile Services to Share Scarce Spectrum
More flexible and innovative approaches are needed in Australia to allow 5G mobile services and satellite-based services to co-exist, according to the nation’s communications satellite sector.
The Satellite Services Working Group (SSWG) of Communications Alliance, in a Discussion Paper released on Monday, calls for debate between Government, Regulators, Industry and other stakeholders on the future of satellite services in today’s increasingly spectrum-scarce environment.
Already some satellite systems and space operation facilities are unable to effectively operate in Australia due to the nature of licensing conditions here, the group warns.
The SSWG is a group of 20 companies active in the Australian satellite market, including satellite operators, service providers and ground-segment specialists (membership list attached).
Australia’s commercial space operations account for approximately 75% of the nation’s space market – worth almost $4 billion in 2015-16 - according to estimates published by the Federal Government’s recent review of Australia’s Space Industry Capability.
The Discussion Paper examines the approaches being taken in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and some regulatory regimes around the world to enable terrestrial mobile services and satellite services to share the spectrum in specified frequency bands where this is technically feasible.
It contrasts this with the “single service” spectrum licensing often used in Australia, which normally precludes the co-existence of other types of services and cites examples of recent local spectrum decisions that have disadvantaged the satellite sector.
While recognising the importance of making spectrum available for mobile services, the paper sets out recommendations for the ACMA in the 40 to 42 GHz, 48.2 to 50.2GHz and 2GHz frequency bands and urges the regulator to take a “more holistic” view of spectrum management, to maximise the spectrum available for all classes of services, including mobile.
The paper does not purport to represent the views of all Members of Communications Alliance, including those from Telstra as a member of the SSWG.
Communications Alliance submission on Draft online content service provider rules – Gambling promotional content provided in conjunction with live coverage of a sporting event.
Communications Alliance has provided a submission to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) on draft rules for online content service providers in relation to the advertising of gambling promotional content during coverage of a live sporting event.
The submission calls out a number of inconsistencies between the ASTRA Subscription Broadcast Television Code of Practice (ASTRA Code) and the draft rules. In its submission, Communications Alliance acknowledges that the operating environments for broadcasting and online content provision and advertising are not equivalent but highlights the need for consistent rules to avoid additional complexity, cost and burden to service providers.
The submission also points out that the proposed implementation timeframe of only fourteen days after the registration of the instrument is insufficient and recommends that the commencement date be at least three months after registration.
Communications Alliance is pleased to welcome the following new member;