Consultation: Rivada Space Networks GmbH - application for non-geostationary earth station network licence

  • Start: 19 October 2023
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 16 November 2023

Non-geostationary orbiting (NGSO) satellite systems are a new way of delivering broadband services from space using a constellation of satellites in a low or medium Earth orbit. These satellite systems have the potential to deliver higher speeds and lower latency services.

Ofcom received an application from Rivada Space Networks GmbH (“Rivada”) for a NGSO network licence for their NGSO system. This application is to cover their user terminals. We have not received an application for any gateways to date. Details of this application (reference: “RIVADA-NET-1”) can be found under the “Applications received” section of our website.

Rivada is proposing to provide government communications, maritime and aviation connectivity, enterprise networking, and backhaul services for telecommunications networks. Rivada plans to launch an initial constellation of satellites by July 2026, with the intention of launching more satellites by July 2028.

This consultation sets out Ofcom’s proposal to grant a NGSO network licence to Rivada for their Rivada Networks constellation. We invite comments on our proposal by 5pm on Thursday 16 November 2023.

We will consider any responses to this consultation before reaching a final decision on whether to grant a licence to Rivada.

Responding to this consultation

Please submit responses using the consultation response form (ODT, 48.9 KB).

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