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Consultation: Telesat LEO Inc – application for non-geostationary orbit earth station (network) licence

  • Dechrau: 24 Mehefin 2022
  • Statws: Ar gau
  • Diwedd: 22 Gorffennaf 2022

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 orbit. These satellite services have the potential to deliver higher speeds and lower latency services.

As set out in our statement on non-geostationary satellite systems, we have a new process for considering applications for the following types of spectrum licence:

  • Satellite (Earth Station Network): this authorises an unlimited number of user terminals to connect to the NGSO system (subject to certain conditions). It also places certain conditions on the licence holder (typically a satellite operator) to coordinate with other licence-holders.
  • Satellite (Non-Geostationary Earth Station): this authorises gateway earth stations, which connect the NGSO system to the internet or to a private network.

Ofcom has received an application from Telesat LEO Inc for a non-geostationary satellite earth station network licence. This licence would authorise small user satellite dishes that connect via satellites to the internet.

We welcome stakeholders' comments on this application, including evidence on the coexistence of this system with current and future NGSO networks, and on any potential risks to competition.

Update 1 July 2022 – corrected frequencies

We have today updated our consultation document (PDF, 219.9 KB) to correct the frequencies Telesat has applied to use.

Although there are various references to specific frequency bands in our consultation, and in the annex to Telesat's application (PDF, 1.0 MB), the only bands available to use with a NGSO earth station network licence are those specified in paragraph 1.19 of our guidance document (PDF, 731.5 KB). Telesat is planning to use 27.5 – 27.8185 GHz, 28.4545 – 28.8265 and 29.5 – 30 GHz.

We have also updated the annex to Telesat's application. They had made an error in the frequency range listed in their answer to question D3.

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