It is expected that overcrowding may indeed occur very quickly in some specially favoured parts of the orbit. (The range of longitude for a satellite linking London and Tokyo, for example, is such that satellites more than one degree off either way will lose one of the cities). Disputes about usage may lead to political and military action, particularly in view of the difficulty of creating an international mechanism to manage this resource.
In 1993, the International Frequency Registration Board reported there has been a competitive rush to place satellites over Asia and the Pacific region, seen as the world's fastest growing areas for telecommunications and television. (In Asia, even small percentages of the population translate into large audiences by Western standards, and as a result the Asian audience is becoming the fastest-growing untapped consumer market on the globe.) With about 35 satellites already positioned above the Equator in the Asia-Pacific region, and more than 15 launchings planned for the next two years alone, rivalry for a diminishing number of available slots in the orbital arc threatens to disrupt communication services and has given rise to concerns over "claim-jumping".