The satellite industry’s worst fears did not materialise at WRC-19 and it declared itself pleased with the result. Existing services gained some protection against 5G in 26 GHz and 40 GHz but not in exactly the way the sector had hoped.
There was good news for satellite in 28 GHz: HAPs was not given co-primary status and ESIMs (Earth stations in motion) were given access to provide higher speed broadband.
Perhaps the most historic decision for the sector was amending the radio regulations to open up safety at sea satellite services to competition in the shape of Iridium, which plans to start offering services this year.
Some important satellite issues were also put on the agenda for WRC-23, including additional spectrum; allowing some bands to be used by non-GSO services; and inter-satellite links in the Ka-band.
The full overview is available as part of our Spectrum Research Service, as well as in-depth analysis of leading satellite players.