Satellite operators call for EU to guarantee services
July 25, 2008
Satellite communications play a key role in achieving Europe’s objectives. As the Chairman of ESOA and CEO of Eutelsat, Giuliano Berretta, explained, satellites are “an integral and indispensable part of everyday life whether we talk about TV or emergency communication, connectivity in villages, mountains, islands, in-flight and at sea”.
The European Parliament is now debating a new regulatory framework for electronic communications that may jeopardise the long-term stability of distribution of services provided by satellite operators. As part of this Telecoms Review, the satellite operators say, the new legislation does not account for the singularities and uniqueness of satellite communications required to protect their signal and guarantee access to required spectrum and quality of the service currently offered.