Industry and regulatory experts gathered this week at the Satellite 2008 conference in Washington, DC warned that C-band spectrum used for satellite services is likely to come under increasing pressure by terrestrial wireless operators who are eying the C-band for IMT and other advanced mobile services. Although the satellite industry convinced delegates at the recent WRC-2007 conference not to identify the C-band globally for IMT use, representatives in attendance at this week’s event agreed that the satellite industry must adopt a unified stance in anticipation of renewed wireless industry efforts to win a C-band allocation at the upcoming WRC-2011 conference in Dubai. Noting that the global satellite sector appeared to be in a “difficult position” going into WRC-2007, Richard Russell, the head of the WRC-2007 U.S. delegation, explained that the satellite industry emerged victorious because it was “the most unified, the most vocal, and the most effective group” at the monthlong event in Geneva. As a representative of the Global VSAT Forum agreed that “the lesson for us is to stay together, work together,” regulators stressed that satellite industry players need to justify their need for C-band spectrum and also need to educate decision-makers on why reductions in C-band channel space would jeopardize their operations, especially in developing countries. While Yvon Henri, the chief of the International Telecommunications Union’s Space Services Department, warned that satellite operators could lose access to Cband channels unless they use them, one industry consultant recommended that satellite operators push for “special regulatory relief” that takes into account the differences between the satellite industry and the terrestrial wireless sector, such as longer lead times needed to plan, build and launch satellites and significant amounts of capital needed for satellite network deployment.