Tag: Satellite
New Dossier: the changing relationship between mobile and satellite
May 21, 2020
by PolicyTracker

Mobile and satellite have always been colleagues as well as competitors but the balance seems to be shifting in favour of cooperation. There are frequent complaints about mobile encroachment into satellite spectrum but in the background MNOs like Rakuten and Vodafone are hoping that satellite can move beyond occasional provision… Read more...

US regulator expands use of earth stations in motion in Ku– and Ka-bands
May 18, 2020
by Toby Youell

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to allow more frequencies to be used by earth stations in motion communicating with geostationary satellites. It will also liberalise the rules for some bands to allow for communication with non-geostationary satellites. Read more...

Will the next ITU Plenipotentiary cancel the Article 48 get-out-of-jail-free card?
May 04, 2020
by Toby Youell

Military satellites do not need to follow the Radio Regulations thanks to Article 48 of the ITU constitution, but alleged misuses of the article in the satellite industry have raised concerns about how it is applied. Read more...

Mexican consultation on satellite spectrum
May 04, 2020
by Toby Youell

May 4, 2020: This consultation has been further extended until June 18. The delay responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. March 24, 2020 The IFT has extended this consultation due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The new deadline for comments is May 8. February 27, 2020 The Mexican regulator, the IFT, has… Read more...

Australian consultation on licence expiration options for military Ka band
May 01, 2020
by Toby Youell

The Australian regulator, the ACMA, has issued a consultation about how it should be address spectrum licences for the 20.2 - 21.2 GHz and 30 - 31 GHz bands. The licences expire in April 2021 but the Department of Defence has indicated it needs to keep using the bands. The… Read more...

Satellite sector overview
May 01, 2020
by Martin Sims

The satellite industry entered WRC-19 with trepidation but declared itself satisfied with the result. Fears over 5G interference have receded, helping them pursue another key policy goal: being part of the emerging eco-system for the new mobile generation. The conference also finalised a momentous change - bringing competition to safety at… Read more...

New Zealand consultation on 1700 – 2300 MHz band
Apr 30, 2020
by Toby Youell

April 30, 2020: The deadline for public comment on this document has been extended until May 29. This extension is due to the COVID-19 pandemic. March 2, 2020 The New Zealand government department responsible for spectrum, the RSM, is seeking public comment on policy for the 1700 - 2300 MHz.… Read more...

Are the satellite and mobile industries on the cusp of a new alignment?
Apr 22, 2020
by Richard Handford

Mobile's desire to find new markets by connecting the unconnected is reshaping its relationship with satellite. But are the economics of the space industry sufficiently transformed to revolutionise rural coverage? Read more...

Planning for WRC-23: Understanding key Agenda Items
Apr 21, 2020
by Dianne Northfield

New IMT identifications for mid-band spectrum, mobile use of UHF bands in Europe and Africa and new spectrum allocations for satellite services are prominent among the 19 Agenda Items tabled for the next World Radio Conference. Read more...

Satellite industry prepares for “trench warfare” at WRC-23
Mar 30, 2020
by Toby Youell

Senior representatives of the satellite industry warned a panel at the annual Satellite 2020 conference that WRC-23 may mark a return to "trench warfare" between the mobile and satellite industries.  Read more...