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According to the most recent information, IBDF requests that India’s C-band spectrum not be auctioned.

Satellites use orbitally designated C-band spectrum, not owned by India for auction.

According to Madhavan, the C-band spectrum that the broadcast industry utilizes cannot be compromised since the frequency used by satellites is orbitally allotted rather than being a government-owned asset up for auction in India. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), he said, coordinates the frequencies for each orbital position, and it is up to individual satellites to assign them.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The C-band (3700-4200 MHz) spectrum for 5G and 6G services has been urged not to be put up for sale, according to the Indian Broadcasting & Digital Foundation (IBDF).
  • Most middle-class and lower-income households’ sole practical source of amusement, information, and education is television.
  • According to Madhavan, if frequency bands up to 3800 MHz are made accessible for 5G/6G services, more than 20 Indian and foreign satellites will lose more than 60% of their capacity.

The C-band (3700-4200 MHz) spectrum for 5G and 6G services has been urged not to be put up for sale, according to the Indian Broadcasting & Digital Foundation (IBDF). The allotment of the C-band for 5G and 6G services, according to the IBDF, which represents the Indian broadcast industry, will disrupt the TV broadcasting business and interfere with satellite signals.

According to an ET report, IBDF President and Head of Disney Star K Madhavan urged the government to forgo auctioning the 3700 MHz to 4200 MHz bands to avoid potentially decimating the cable and satellite industry and the millions of TV viewers in a letter to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB). Madhavan has also asked to meet with the MIB to explore the situation further.

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Madhavan further cautioned that millions of customers, particularly those in rural regions, will be negatively affected by the interference caused by 5G and 6G services in the C-band, which will harm thousands of cable TV headend across the nation. He emphasized that for the majority of middle-class and lower-income homes, television is the sole practical source of entertainment, information, and education.

According to Madhavan, it is not possible to compromise the C-band spectrum that the broadcast business uses since the frequency utilized by satellites is orbitally assigned and not controlled by the Indian government for auction. He continued by saying that the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) coordinates the frequencies for each orbital position and that individual satellites are responsible for allocating them.

Madhavan stated that because satellite operators have been given permission to utilize an orbital spectrum in a no-interference manner, the terrestrial auction of these bands will contravene ITU agreements. Additionally, he pointed out that unlike the telecom industry, the broadcasting industry does not have exclusive access to the limited spectrum.

Madhavan stated that granting frequency bands up to 3800 MHz for 5G/6G services will result in over 20 Indian and foreign satellites in India losing more than 60% of their available capacity.

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Written by Shallu Srivastav

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