The WRC 2019 convention preparatory assembly. Picture: ITU

The 2019 Global Radiocommunications Convention (WRC) kicks off subsequent week. Greater than 300 delegates from all international locations internationally are accumulating in Egypt to replace the Global Telecommunications Union (ITU) Radio Laws to permit probably the most complex radio-based communications services and products to be deployed at the floor and in area. Held each and every 3 to 4 years, the convention guarantees that regulatory coverage assists in keeping up with the speedy advances in era. Given the tempo of development for the reason that final accumulating in 2015, this yr’s convention holds the promise of thrilling discourse on problems with important significance to satellite tv for pc operators.

WRC will take on key traits, together with making spectrum to be had for 5G, enabling higher flexibility for radio services and products operations and guarding in opposition to hypothesis through Non-Geostationary Orbit (NGSO) satellites. For Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellite tv for pc operators, there are a choice of WRC schedule pieces that may form the way forward for our industry:

Time table Merchandise 1.5, Earth Stations in Movement

This merchandise will permit flexibility for fastened satellite tv for pc operators to deploy earth stations in movement to improve rising requires broadband connectivity in movement — whether or not within the air, at the floor or at the sea in key satellite tv for pc frequency bands.

Time table Merchandise 1.6, Coverage for the Earth Exploration Satellite tv for pc Carrier (EESS)

the EESS is looking for coverage from GEO operators within the 50 Gigahertz (GHz) band. Satellite tv for pc operators are in search of cheap protections to be imposed after an good enough grandfathering duration.

Time table Merchandise 1.13, Extra Spectrum for IMT

This merchandise is figuring out spectrum for terrestrial cell use (5G) within the bands above 24 GHz. A number of of those bands are shared with satellite tv for pc broadband operators who’re in search of good enough coverage/popularity in those bands to permit operations and, the place suitable, sharing with terrestrial operators.

Time table Merchandise 1.14, Prime Altitude Platforms (HAPs)

This merchandise seeks to spot further spectrum for HAPs or to supply higher flexibility for HAPs operations. As soon as once more, making sure good enough coverage for satellite tv for pc within the shared bands are key.

Time table Merchandise 7

This merchandise is looking for to expand milestones for NGSO programs to protect in opposition to spectrum hypothesis.

Time table Merchandise 9.1.1, Compatibility within the S band

This merchandise is serious about research to verify compatibility between cell satellite tv for pc carrier and the cell carrier within the band amongst adjoining international locations. As that is an schedule merchandise that are meant to no longer undertake in any regulatory adjustments, no trade is most likely the outcome in keeping with research on the ITU.

Time table Merchandise 9.1.9, Extra FSS Spectrum

This merchandise is having a look at making to be had 1 GHz of a lot wanted spectrum to the fastened satellite tv for pc carrier on the 51.four to 52.four GHz band.

Time table Merchandise 10, Long term Time table Pieces for 2023 Convention

A lot of proposals were made. Some of the in all probability going ahead together with finding out the usage of positive bands for inter-satellite hyperlinks between GEOs and NGSOs and making further spectrum to be had for quite a lot of services and products together with the fastened satellite tv for pc carrier, the place call for continues to extend.


We intention to advance insurance policies that improve our goals of connecting the unconnected, making a ubiquitous and interoperable community with satellite tv for pc as an essential component. We look ahead to a colourful alternate of concepts on the convention and watch for vital adjustments that may permit probably the most complex services and products to our customers all over the world.

Jennifer Manner EchoStar, Georgetown University, Satellite Industry Association (SIA).

Jennifer Method is the senior vice chairman of regulatory affairs at EchoStar.


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