Ofcom has this week issued compliance notices to Inmarsat Ventures Limited and Solaris Mobile Limited setting out steps they must take to comply with conditions that came with some of their spectrum holdings.
The European Commission selected these companies as pan-European operators for mobile satellite services in 2009. Using spectrum bands 1980 MHz to 2010 MHz and 2170 MHz to 2200 MHz, they could provide services such as broadcast, mobile and radio and other uses via satellite across Europe.
In the UK, Ofcom authorised Inmarsat and Solaris to deliver these until 2027. Their authorisations required them to be providing these services by 14 May 2011. To date, both companies have not yet taken the necessary steps to meet their commitments under the assigned frequencies.
As a result, Ofcom has notified both companies that they must put this spectrum to use no later than 1 December 2016.
If the companies do not meet these requirements by the dates specified, Ofcom will consider taking further regulatory action, in conjunction with other EC member states. This could include a fine and/or revocation of that company’s authorisation in the UK.