Consultation: More spectrum for satellite connectivity – extending access in the Ku band (14.25-14.5 GHz)

  • Start: 21 June 2022
  • Status: Open
  • End: 31 August 2022

We want to enable satellite operators to access additional capacity for a range of broadband services in hard-to-reach areas: connecting more rural homes and businesses, commercial aircraft, commercial and passenger ships, offshore energy facilities and utilities.

Access to both Ku and Ka band is needed to meet growing demand for satellite services in these sectors. In the future these frequencies could also help connect road vehicles, trains and unmanned aircraft systems (i.e. drones) across the UK, including in remote locations.

We are proposing to extend access to satellite services under a Satellite (Earth Station Network) licence (an ESN licence) in the 14.25-14.5 GHz band to support the deployment of large numbers of terminals connecting to geostationary orbit and non-geostationary orbit satellite services.

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