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OneWeb confirms Ku band spectrum rights

OneWeb has secured spectrum rights in the Ku- and Ka-band as a result of its satellites transmitting the designated frequencies in the correct orbit for more than 90 days. This has enabled OneWeb to meet the requirements to secure spectrum bands over which it has priority rights under International Telecommunication Union (ITU) rules and regulations.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}According to OneWeb, these rights will now be confirmed as the UK administration, which has filed its satellite system with the ITU, completes the required Notification and Registration process of the company’s LEO network.

By meeting the requirements of the ITU regulations, OneWeb expects to secure spectrum rights to high priority Ku-band spectrum for service links, and Ka-band for its global gateways. It will now have access to over 6 GHz of spectrum that will enable it to deliver its high-speed, low latency connectivity.

“Spectrum is a scarce resource and the ITU plays a vital role in the global management for access. The harsh reality for anyone trying to make a real impact on global connectivity is that no matter how good your network is, success is not possible without the right spectrum. With our spectrum now in use, OneWeb has proved it can bring together all the elements required – in space, on the ground, and in between – to change the face of connectivity everywhere,” said Ruth Pritchard-Kelly, vice president of regulatory for OneWeb.

This achievement follows OneWeb’s successful launch of its first 6 satellites in February, the opening of its state-of-the-art Florida manufacturing facility earlier this month, and delivery of its low latency, high-speed services through its recent full HD streaming tests.

OneWeb plans to focus on commencing its monthly launch programme of more than 30 satellites per month, building an initial constellation of 650 satellites on its way to 1,980 satellites. The first phase of the constellation will provide global coverage. Further additions to the network will be focused on adding capacity to meet growing customer demands.{/mprestriction}

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