Tag: Satellite
New WRC-19 report: areas of agreement and unresolved issues
Jul 04, 2019
by Martin Sims

With four months to go until WRC-19, what agreements have been reached and what proposals are facing the most opposition? The answers are in PolicyTracker's new WRC-19 Briefing. The ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences are very important, setting the pattern for how spectrum will be used globally. National representatives have been in continual… Read more...

WRC-19 Briefing 4: Satellite services
Jun 17, 2019
by Toby Youell

The satellite industry relies on the ITU for access to spectrum in space and is always closely involved with the WRC process. In general, at WRC-19 the industry is seeking more extensive access to its existing frequencies by removing some of the restrictions on how the spectrum is used. Read more...

WRC-19 Briefing 5: Scientific, maritime, aeronautical, and amateur issues
Jun 16, 2019
by Toby Youell

This note looks at the agenda items falling under Chapters 4 and 5 of the CPM Report, which relate to scientific, maritime, aeronautical, and amateur services. Although many of these items may appear esoteric, they bring plenty of tricky problems that could disrupt general consensus-building at Sharm-El-Sheikh. Read more...

WRC-19 Briefing 6: General Issues
Jun 15, 2019
by Toby Youell

The most high-profile agenda item under the final chapter of the CPM Report is AI 10, the agenda for future conferences. This chapter also considers several procedural and politically-sensitive issues. Read more...

Which agenda items will give WRC-19 delegates sleepless nights?
May 20, 2019
by Toby Youell

World Radiocommunication Conferences, the renegotiations of the Radio Regulations treaty held every three to four years, are known for generating long and exhausting discussions. Which agenda items will drive the consumption of caffeine at the next conference in the autumn? Read more...

Is spectrum speculation a problem?
May 09, 2019
by Toby Youell

US spectrum policy continues to be dominated by a potential windfall for satellite companies at 3.7 – 4.2 GHz,  but do wider public benefits outweigh any private gain? We examine this case and other recent examples. Read more...

FCC proposals to address space debris
Feb 15, 2019
by Toby Youell

February 15, 2019: This consultation is now scheduled to be published in the Federal Register here on Tuesday 19 February. Comments will be be due on April 5. November 20, 2018 The FCC has made a series of proposals designed to address the growing problem of space debris. Comments are due 45… Read more...

Consultation on US regulatory framework for Digital Broadcast Satellite Service in Ku band
Feb 05, 2019
by Toby Youell

The US telecoms regulator, the FCC, has published a consultation in the Federal Register that proposes to harmonise the rules for Digital Broadcast Satellite Services at 12.2 - 12.7 GHz and 17.3 - 17.8 GHz with those that are applicable to geostationary-orbit Fixed Satellite Service systems. Comments on these proposals… Read more...

FCC proposals to simplify satellite licensing
Jan 31, 2019
by Toby Youell

January 31, 2019: The proposed rules have now been published in the Federal Register here. Comments are due on March 18, 2019, and replies to those comments are due on April 16, 2019. November 20, 2018 The FCC has decided to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would simplify satellite… Read more...

United Kingdom
Jan 03, 2019
by Jonathan Watson

UK regulator Ofcom and the UK's four mobile network operators are actively preparing for the 5G era. Despite a series of legal challenges, Ofcom has now auctioned the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands. The 700 MHz band is due to be auctioned (lawyers permitting) by 2020. Read more...