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The activity has been initiated to provide support to the European and Canadian industry such that the outcome of the WRC-19 would be favourable to the satellite communication sector as a whole.
Avanti has implemented the activity, and has categorised in collaboration with TIA and satellite sector the WRC-19 agenda items that are either “High threat”, “Low threat” or “Opportunity” for satellite services. The JCB has been briefed on these threats and opportunities.
A topic which was considered High threat, were the increased pressure from mobile operator community to access satellite spectrum. The activity, in collaboration with the satellite industry is did everything possible to avoid access to satellite bands identified by the WRC-19 resolution even though it seems likely that over 20 GHz of additional spectrum will be identified for IMT-2020 / 5G. The activity provided at numerous occasions material to advocate solutions and compromises that would be in favour of the satellite industry.
A topic which was considered of Low threat was for possible additional measures in order to limit uplink transmissions of terminals to those authorized terminals, and the possible methods that will assist administrations in managing the unauthorized operation of earth station. After some research this proved to be more a political driven agenda item with limited practical regulatory impact.
Opportunities were identified by this activity in the area of short duration satellite. This is a topic often associated with New Space – embarking on fast technology demonstration that cannot use the satellite amateur frequencies. This could be a positive development for e.g. Pioneer programme and other ARTES IOD/IOV activities.
The initial idea to use C-band in NGSO (e.g. for M2M/IoT constellations) was also considered an opportunity. Initially this was proposed by Boeing, but not sufficient support was available and no further effort was spent in turning this into a positive outcome.
With regards to the opportunity for future NGSO constellations using Q/V-band, the activity contributed to the discussion on a new regulatory framework for these type of constellations – which was up to now non-existent.
In addition to more general WRC-19 topic, a number of ad-hoc and dedicated support actions have been initiated, on topics listed below:
The results of the activity can best me measured against the positive outcome for the satellite industry at WRC-19, on which the JCB will be briefed.
As a follow-up, another ARTES Future Preparation activity has started (“Spectrum strategies for WRC-19”) which has taken up some of the findings from this contract.
Lessons learned from the activity are:
The project has been completed in 2018.