Countdown to WRC-19: satellite services
Mar 15, 2018 by Spectrum Research Service Blog


Tags5G, Satellite, WRC-19

This Research Note focusses on satellite agenda items in WRC-19, principally the removal of a restriction on broadcasting-satellite services and improving spectrum access for movable earth stations and non-geostationary satellites.

The USA, Canada and the Asian and European regional groupings support the removal of some of broadcasting-satellite service limitations but African and Arab groups are concerned about interference.

The agenda item relating to Satellite Earth Stations in Motion would allow their use in Ka-bands currently used by the fixed-satellite service allocations. Here the uplink band (27.5 – 29.5 GHz) is controversial because some countries like the US want to use this for 5G while European Administrations want access for ESIMs.

Regarding non-geostationary satellites, the Agenda item concerns three ranges in V-Band used by fixed-satellite services.

Read the full Research Note here.


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