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Regulatory arrangements for stations in motion

Consultation closes: 01 July 2016

IFC: 12/2016 space satellite

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Submissions
The ACMA received five submissions to this consultation. Submissions can be accessed from the right hand index under 'Other submissions received'.

 

ACMA response

The ACMA has prepared a summary of and response to submissions document, available from the ‘Downloads’ table below. This document gives a brief summary of the issues raised by the respondents on the proposed procedures, and feedback from the ACMA on the issues. For further information, please contact the ACMA satellite coordination area by emailing satellite.coordination@acma.gov.au.

 

Finalised procedures for the submissions and processing of licence applications is available from the Business operating procedures section of the ACMA website. 
 

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Response to submissions

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Summary of and response to submissions:
Proposed assessment procedure and licence conditions for Earth stations in motion (ESIMs) in accordance with ITU Resolution 156 (WRC-15)

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Consultation paper

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Proposed assessment procedure and licence conditions for Earth stations in motion (ESIMs) in accordance with ITU Resolution 156 (WRC-15)

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Executive summary

Earth stations in motion (ESIMs) are stations that are in motion on land, on water or in the air. Regulatory arrangements for ESIMs communicating with geostationary space stations in the fixed-satellite service were considered at the World Radiocommunciation Conference 2015 (WRC-15) in relation to WRC-15 agenda item 9.2.

As a result of considerations at WRC-15, ITU Resolution 156 (WRC-15) (see Final Acts WRC-15, World Radiocommunication Conference) was developed, which sets out the conditions for the use of the frequency bands 19.7–20.2 GHz and 29.5–30.0 GHz by ESIMs communicating with geostationary space stations in the fixed-satellite service. The requirements apply in part to:

  • the notifying administration for the satellite network with which ESIMs are communicating
  • the administrations authorising the operation of ESIMs in their territories
  • the satellite operator. 

At this stage, the ACMA is considering the requirements relevant to licensing the operation of ESIMs in Australia. Therefore, the relevant requirements from ITU Resolution 156 (WRC-15) are those related to administrations authorising use within its territory (in this case through licensing) and the satellite operator. Requirements for Australia acting as the notifying administration will be considered at a later stage, if required.

In addition to the requirements of the Resolution, ITU Circular Letter CR/393 of 18 March 2016 defined a new class of station to be used by notifying administrations when submitting notices to the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau for ESIMs as specified in ITU Resolution 156 (WRC-15)

One of the checks the ACMA requires to be undertaken when licensing space-based radiocommunications systems, is ascertaining the international regulatory status of the satellite network with which communication is to occur. Typically, this is achieved by confirming the satellite system is recorded in the ITU’s Master International Frequency Register, or that coordination data has been published in the ITU’s International Frequency Information Circular (in this case additional conditions are placed on the licence). 

Licensing of ESIMS requires consideration of:

  • the appropriate licence options
  • an assessment procedure that considers:
    • ITU Resolution 156 (WRC-15)
    • the class of station as per requirements of ITU Circular Letter CR/393
    • the international regulatory status of a satellite network
  • identification of relevant licence conditions. 

Licensing options

Australian licensing options for space-based radiocommunications systems include arrangements to suit the situation where a large number of ubiquitous user terminals (typically earth stations) are likely to communicate within a satellite network. Earth stations are able to be authorised by the Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence 2015 (CSO Class Licence), provided they comply with the conditions stipulated and there is a corresponding space or space receive apparatus licence for the space objects with which the earth stations are communicating.

If a space licence is in place in the space-to-Earth radiofrequency bands listed in the CSO Class Licence, the operation of a receive station is authorised by the CSO Class Licence subject to the conditions of the space licence. If a space receive licence is in place in the Earth-to-space radiofrequency bands listed in the CSO Class Licence, operations of transmit stations are authorised by the CSO Class Licence subject to the conditions of the space receive licence.

The ACMA’s view is that given the ubiquitous nature of ESIMs, the most appropriate mechanism with which to authorise the operation of ESIMs in the frequency bands 19.7–20.2 GHz and 29.5–30.0 GHz in Australia is via the CSO Class Licence with certain conditions on the corresponding space and space receive apparatus licences to ensure the requirements of ITU Resolution 156 (WRC-15) are met.

The CSO Class Licence includes the frequency range 19.7–20.2 GHz for earth station reception and the frequency range 29.5–30.0 GHz for earth station transmission. That is, the use of space licence, space receive licence and the CSO Class Licence can be used to licence ESIMs. Appropriate licence conditions and assessment procedures will be required managing international obligations.  These conditions are in addition to other requirements for space/space receive licences—for example, for the space object to be listed in either the Radiocommunications (Australian Space Objects) Determination 2014 (Australian Space Objects Determination)or the Radiocommunications (Foreign Space Objects) Determination 2014) (Foreign Space Objects Determination).

The proposed procedure for processing and assessing licence applications, as well as the proposed licence conditions for licences including the operation of ESIMs in the frequency bands 19.7–20.2 GHz and 29.5–30.0 GHz are available in the document Proposed assessment procedure and licence conditions for Earth stations in motion (ESIMs) in accordance with ITU Resolution 156 (WRC-15). 

Opportunity to provide feedback

The ACMA is seeking comment on proposed arrangements to support licensing of use of the frequency bands 19.7–20.2 GHz and 29.5–30.0 GHz by earth stations in motion communicating with geostationary space stations in the fixed-satellite service in accordance with the requirements of ITU Resolution 156 (WRC-15).