China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Russia ask ITU to extend satellite deadlines, Covid-19 among explanations

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Five nations are asking international regulators for satellite deadline extensions because of launch failures and, in an untested defense, because of what they call “force majeure” interruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

China, India, Indonesia, Iran and Russia want the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for 1-3 years of additional time to put into place planned telecommunications satellites into geostationary orbit.

The Geneva-based ITU, a United Nations agency, regulates satellite orbital slot and broadcast frequencies. Its Radio Regulations Board (RRB)

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