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Updating regulatory requirements for earth stations in motion - consultation 33/2021

We need to update our space regulatory assessment procedures for space and space receive apparatus licences to include ITU requirements.

Status
Open
Consultation number
IFC 33/2021
Closing in 8 days (03 November 2021)
In progress
  • 1

    Consultation opens

    22 Sep 2021
  • 2

    Consultation closes

    03 Nov 2021

Key documents

The issue

We need to update our space regulatory assessment procedures to include arrangements supporting earth stations in motion in the 28 GHz band.

The documents requiring updates are:

  • Business operating procedure: Submission and processing of applications for licences authorising the use of earth stations in motion (ESIMs) communicating with geostationary space stations in the fixed-satellite service in the frequency bands 19.7–20.2 GHz and 29.5–30.0 GHz [ESIM BOP]
  • Business operating procedure: Submission and processing of applications for space and space receive apparatus licences
  • Business operating procedure: Submission and processing of applications for earth, earth receive apparatus licences and device registrations under area-wide apparatus licences for fixed earth stations
  • Business operating procedure: Interim arrangements for the submission and processing of applications for space and space receive apparatus licences authorising the use of earth stations in motion in the fixed-satellite service communicating with: Non-geostationary space stations in the frequency ranges 17.7–18.2 GHz, 18.8–19.3 GHz, 19.7–20.2 GHz, 28.5–29.1 GHz and 29.5–30 GHz

The changes are marked-up in the consultation drafts available under ‘Key documents’.

The updates reflect the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) arrangements as set out in the ITU RESOLUTION 169 (WRC-19): ‘Use of the frequency bands 17.7-19.7 GHz and 27.5-29.5 GHz by earth stations in motion communicating with geostationary space stations in the fixed-satellite service’. The updates include consequential changes to our interim process for earth stations in motion, and minor changes to our other space regulatory procedures to include explanatory information common to all.

The updates are a part of the ACMA work on providing new arrangements to facilitate the replanning of the 28 GHz band, as outlined in the Future use of the 28 GHz band—Planning decisions and preliminary views paper.  The updates consider regulatory matters only and technical requirements for ESIM below 28.5 GHz will be considered in future updates.

Implementing the ITU requirements has necessitated consequent changes to interim licensing procedures for ESIM communicating with GSO/NGSO space stations in the FSS in part of the Ka band to remove reference to GSO arrangements. Minor changes will also need to be made to procedures for space and space receive licensing and the procedure for earth and earth receive licensing, and registering earth stations to include explanatory information common to all requirements under the Radiocommunications Act, and material clarifying how some special conditions are applied. 

Future consultations will consider updates to the Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence 2015 to investigate and implement the changes proposed for ubiquitous fixed satellite service in the 28 GHz band. Any changes to the class licence, including the conditions of operation (for example, frequency limits, power flux density requirements, areas of operation) and in other bands will be reflected in future updates to our space regulatory procedures. 

For further information, email the ACMA Space System Section at Satellite.Coordination@acma.gov.au.

Have your say

The changes that need to be made have been marked-up in the documents available above. We welcome your comments on the proposed updates by COB, Wednesday 3 November 2021.

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