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Introduction to SNG and ENG Microwave by Jonathan Higgins

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National control and trans-border issues

The movement of mobile satellite transmission equipment around the world is often fraught with difficulties. Some countries prohibit any use of mobile satellite communications equipment totally, while others permit it only in particular circumstances, such as for disaster relief or emergencies, or in limited geographical areas. High licence fees, taxes and Customs duties cause significant difficulties for newsgatherers; in some countries additional ‘type-approval’ is sometimes demanded, even though the equipment has been type-approved elsewhere or meets internationally recognized standards, as a further hindrance.

Often these regulatory barriers exist because the country does not have a policy or regulatory ...

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