Delays in Occasional-Use Satellite Access details
results of a WTA investigation into problems reported by its members in
gaining timely access to occasional-use satellite capacity. Based on
survey responses from teleport operators and discussions with satellite
operators, the report lays out the issues as well as offering
preliminary conclusions and possible next steps.
At the end of 2011, WTA‐member teleport operators began reporting
issues with gaining timely occasional‐use access to satellite capacity.
In the television business in particular, OU access is time‐critical.
Member teleport executives reported that they were experiencing
increasing delays in completing access procedures, which they felt were
putting at risk their ability to meet the needs of their customers. WTA
set out to learn how frequent and serious the issue was for teleport
operators providing OU services, and what the root causes might be.
While seventy percent of respondents have experienced delays that they
did not expect in accessing OU capacity, the delays turn out to be
infrequent. For more than half the sample, unexpected delays occur four
or fewer times per year. Thirty-nine percent called it a serious
problem, but 61% considered it only somewhat serious or not a problem.
The two biggest causes of delays in such standard procedures as setting
cross-pol isolation or testing signal power are interference on the
transponder caused by a third party and an attempt by the end-user to
use capacity that had been scheduled, typically for full-time use, by a
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