Consultation: Space Spectrum Strategy

  • Start: 15 March 2022
  • Status: Open
  • End: 24 May 2022

The space sector is one of the biggest users of spectrum delivers a wide range of benefits to people, businesses and public sector users in the UK. These include satellite broadband, broadcast TV services, global positioning services and communications in emergency situations. Satellites used for Earth observation services are also important in collecting data used to monitor weather and climate change.

Our previous strategy for spectrum work in the space sector was set out in January 2017. The focus of that strategy was to enable growth in satellite broadband and Earth observation, and it set out a workplan which we have now largely delivered. The core principles of that strategy remain relevant. However, since 2017 the sector has undergone significant change and rapid expansion.

These developments create new challenges for regulating the space sector’s use of spectrum. More space users deploying more satellites, particularly large numbers of NGSO satellites, will put growing pressure on the use of spectrum. The increased number of satellites makes coordination to avoid interference between systems increasingly complex. The complexities of managing interference between NGSO systems could also have implications for competition. In light of these challenges, we need to review where best to focus our efforts in the space sector.

We welcome stakeholder input on our proposed strategy, including evidence on future trends, additional issues that it would be beneficial for us consider and whether specific issues should be of high priority and why.  We aim to publish our finalised strategy in Q2 2022/23 taking account of responses. This consultation closes on 24 May 2022.

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