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Delays in Occasional-Use Satellite Access

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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 third party.

 

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