“We concur with the principles underpinning the revisions - i.e. to ensure that Australia’s obligations as a member of the ITU are met - while seeking to minimise the regulatory burden placed on industry,” says the Communications Alliance Satellite Services Working Group (SSWG) in a discussion paper to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
“Furthermore, the ACMA’s licensing procedures have, over time,become subject to interaction with a range of subordinate legislation. The procedures would benefit, we believe, from simplification and greater clarity of presentation and visibility.
“This Discussion Paper represents a good step forward, with the request for comments on two (out of four) specific Business Operating Procedures (BOPs).
“It comes at a time when the satellite industry is seeing ubiquitous operation of earth stations needed to interact with numerous new multi-satellite constellations, while High-Throughput Satellites are also proliferating alongside more ‘traditional’ geostationary systems.
“These developments further heighten the importance of a clear licensing framework, especially for space-based networks and systems.
“The two BOPs relating to Earth Stations in Motion (ESIM)in the Ka-band are not the subject of this Discussion Paper- these will be dealt with later but will nevertheless be drawn into the objective of consistency across the board.
“This leaves this discussion paper to concentrate on earth and earth receive apparatus licences and space and space receive licences, taking into account previous changes to the specific case of Ku-band licensing which have general application."