Arab Satellite Communication Organisation (Arabsat) has announced that many TV channels on-board its fleet of satellites have been the subject of intentional jamming for the past week up to today.
Arabsat engineers conducted detailed analysis to identify the source
of the jamming, it was confirmed that this interference was originating
from Ethiopian territories. It is not clear which broadcasts are
targeted this time.
In Febrnuary 2012, Arabsat also said it suffered from jamming from
Ethiopia. At the time, broadcasts from several Lebanese channels and
Al-Jazeera have been jammed in the past year on the frequencies of
Arabsat and Nilesat. However, Ethiopia tried to target the Erithrean
Television, as well as broadcasts from Deutsche Welle, Al-Jazeera Arabic
and VOA, and it seemed that most other jamming was unintentional.
In a statement, the satellite operator said “Arabsat expresses its
resentment for such an illegal act and is surprise for this vandalism as
there are no Ethiopian or Eritrean channels broadcast within Arabsat
DTH bouquets. This jamming may be aimed at some opponents channels for
one of the two countries channels that are broadcasted on board
satellites near Arabsat 26 degrees East neighbourhood or on board other
satellites which Arabsat has no relation with.
“Arabsat assures to its customers that it is tackling this issue both
at national and international level. International Telecommunication
Union and Arab League has been informed of this issue and several
efforts are underway to mediate the situation.
“Arabsat will follow up the matter and take all appropriate actions
to prosecute the culprit at the judicial authorities and the
international organisation of frequencies and any legal means that may
deem appropriate to ensure that any damage already incurred or to be
incurred by the noise, will not go without legal action, regardless of
whether this damage is direct or indirect.
“Arabsat is deeply thankful to its respected valued customers for
their understanding and supporting for ARABSAT as this intentional
jamming is beyond its control.
(Picture courtesey of Kim Andrew Elliott’s website on international broadcasting)