Eutelsat assembly: use of satellite to bridge the digital divide



The 38th Assembly of Parties of the European Telecommunications Satellite Organization EUTELSAT took place 15 and 16 May 2013 in Paris, under the Chairmanship of Ms Marta Leandro of Portugal and with Mr Frédéric Labarrere of Monaco as Vice-Chairman.  Ms Leandro is a senior expert within the Portuguese communications regulator ANACOM who has represented Portugal in several intergovernmental organisations.  Mr Labarrere is Counselllor at the Embassy of the Principality of Monaco in France, where his responsibilities include political and economic affairs.

Three high calibre candidates from Italy, Poland and France were proposed for the position of Executive Secretary.  The Assembly elected to reappoint by acclamation Mr Christian Roisse of France for a third mandate of four years from 2 July 2013.

The Assembly adopted a Resolution on the use of satellite to bridge the digital divide, encouraging the 49 Member States of the pan-European organisation to take into account the advantages of satellite-based broadband services for access to internet, in particular when responding to their national, public and institutional needs.

Important matters were considered by the Assembly, including the priority of rights of use of radiofrequencies assigned to EUTELSAT IGO under the Radio Regulations of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the problem of deliberate jamming and piracy of satellite transmissions, relevant developments in the national, European and worldwide regulatory environment and the future of the use of the C-Band for fixed satellite services.