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Earth stations in motion in Ku band

Consultation closes: 26 April 2019

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Earth stations in motion in Ku band

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Summary

While earth stations in the fixed-satellite service (as the name suggests) are intended to be at fixed locations, there is increasing global interest for earth stations in motion (ESIM) to be used to allow planes, ships and land vehicles to connect to internet services via satellite.

This paper provides a summary of the current national arrangements in the Ku band covering spectrum allocations, services supported and licensing options for satellite services, including for the use of ESIM. Current licence assessment procedures are reviewed for clarity of requirements for Ku band ESIM in the 11.7–12.75 GHz and 14–14.5 GHz bands.

We are seeking comment on the resulting proposed additional provisions for inclusion in the ACMA’s Business operating procedure—Submission and processing of applications for space and space receive apparatus licences.


Issue for comment

The ACMA invites comments on the issues set out in this consultation paper. Specifically, we are seeking comment on draft additional provisions for inclusion in the Business operating procedure—Submission and processing of applications for space and space receive apparatus licences, to address the operation of ESIM in the 11.7–12.75 GHz and 14–14.5 GHz bands in the future.