Before a satellite can use the spectrum and orbital resources it needs to fulfil its mission, it requires an associated ‘satellite filing’. A filing is a tool to obtain – through the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialised agency of the United Nations – international recognition of these resources. As the notifying administration of the UK, Ofcom submits and manages all satellite filings to the ITU on behalf of organisations registered in the UK, the British Overseas Territories, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
The relevant rules governing the use of the electromagnetic spectrum by satellites are included in the Radio Regulations, an international treaty of which the UK is a signatory.
Ofcom supports new and established satellite operators to realise their projects through every step of the ITU’s process.
Information about Ofcom’s requirements and processes for satellite filings can be found in our Procedures for the management of satellite filings (PDF, 585.4 KB).
International Frequency Coordination (IFC) Team
Tel: +44 (0)20 7981 3100
Fax: +44 (0)20 7981 3208