According to DirecTV, the 5G proposal will worsen satellite TV reception

The whole telecommunications sector will experience performance improvements thanks to 5th generation (5G) wireless technology. Faster speed and the ability to support many more devices close together are the goals of the 5G network. The entire telecom business will change as a result of this new infrastructure. However, DirecTV claims that the 5G plan would worsen satellite TV reception.

If broadcast rival Dish Network is allowed to introduce 5G wireless services which are in the 12 GHz spectrum region, DirecTV warned on July 18 that its satellite TV subscribers may experience significant interruption. According to the company’s complaint to the Federal Communications Commission, mobile operations in the band “would cause widespread adverse interference” to millions of DirecTV receivers across the country.

According to a study that DirecTV hired the satellite consulting company Savid to conduct, interference levels would be 100 to 100,000 times higher than those currently allowed in the United States to safeguard Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) systems. Stacy Fuller, who is the external affairs senior vice president at DirecTV, noted that this would have an effect on places “reaching well beyond the planned service area of the mobile base stations.”

Fuller claimed that since neither the FCC nor the band’s mobile supporters have established guidelines for the planned two-way network, the analysis is built on conservative assumptions that dramatically underestimate interference levels. The licenses in the band that Dish and RS Access, which is a spectrum holding company, plan to upgrade for terrestrial 5G services. In order to deliver linear TV content, Dish and DirecTV already use frequencies in the band.

Additionally, to link their rival broadband satellite constellations in NGSO to user terminals, OneWeb and SpaceX use 12 GHz frequencies. Recent studies commissioned by OneWeb and SpaceX revealed that the anticipated 5G services will seriously disrupt their networks.

Because DBS is a one-way technology, Fuller said that DirecTV’s broadcast services are significantly more susceptible to interference. When DBS packets are lost due to interference, she continued, “TV screens freeze and subscriptions are canceled, unlike broadband systems, which may restore lost [data] packets via 2-way conversations.”

As a result, “the Commission should adjourn this process and provide incumbent satellite providers in the band with the certainty they require to continue to engage in developing and delivering sophisticated services for American consumers.”

In a deteriorating satellite pay-TV industry that has been undercut by internet streaming competition, both DirecTV and Dish have been losing subscribers. Majority-owned by American telecom company AT&T, DirecTV has been growing its streaming offerings in response to shifting viewer preferences. Dish has been working on building a terrestrial mobile network that uses other spectrum bands for 5G in addition to boosting its streaming capabilities.

According to Dish, RS Access, and other 5G for 12 GHz Coalition participants, mobile services may coexist with other users of the frequency. RKF Engineering Solutions, which is a company that does engineering studies, has concentrated on the possibility of tampering with NGSO operators for RS Access.

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