ITU takes stand on satellite jamming

October 29, 2012 11.39 Europe/London By Robert Briel

The ITU has issued a statement on satellite jamming.

The organisation “is extremely concerned and alarmed to witness a continuing situation in which satellites operating in accordance with the Radio Regulations and duly recorded in the ITU Master International Frequency Register (MIFR) are the targets of harmful interference.”

The statement follows and earlier appeal by the EBU to stop harmful jamming of satellite signals.

Recent satellite interference, believed to be caused by Iran and Syria, have caused problems for up to 25 broadcasters on the Eutelsat Hot Bird position, also affecting reception in Europe.

The ITU said that attention of the Radio Regulations Board (RRB) and of recent World Radio Conferences has been called to such issues, and WRC-12 confirmed that any transmission which has the intent to cause harmful interference to stations of other administrations is “an infringement of the ITU Constitution, Convention or Radio Regulations, and, that any station operating in the territory of an administration is under the authority of that administration, even if the station is not authorised.”

ITU appeals to all its 193 Member States to exercise the utmost goodwill and provide mutual assistance in the application of Article 45 of the ITU Constitution with a view to definitively settling any ongoing and future issues of harmful interference.