Space is the place

A PolicyTracker research note assesses what regulators are doing to keep up with the new race for space.

| Jonathan Watson

Saudi Arabia’s Communications, Space & Technology Commission has just launched a consultation on proposed new regulations for the use of spectrum by satellite services.

It is just one of many regulators paying increasing attention to the satellite sector. Also this month, the UK’s Ofcom started a consultation on making more spectrum in the 28 GHz band available for satellite.

Last year, US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created a Space Bureau to reflect the growing importance and expansion of the space industry.

It’s not just national regulators who are sharpening their focus on space. As our new research note says, satellite spectrum was a major topic at the recently concluded World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23).

And at a European level, CEPT’s Electronic Communications Committee is addressing satellite-related matters through its Satellite Communications project team, FM44.

The research note considers what is being done globally and in some regions and countries to determine whether more spectrum is needed to power space activities and if so, in which bands. It is available to Spectrum Research Service subscribers here.


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