U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, center, ripped into the satellite industry for what he called self-defeating intransigence over sharing of Ka-band spectrum. Credit: FCC
Francois Rancy, director of the ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau, said at a Nov. 27 news conference that the added push for terrestrial networks in the 3.4-3.6-gigahertz bands in the Americas, Europe and Africa, plus individual Asia-Pacific nations’ statements, added up to a “nearly global allocation” for terrestrial networks. Credit: ITU/D. Woldu
An unidentified attendee looks at his phone during the third week of the monthlong WRC-15 spectrum conclave. Credit: ITU / A. Mhadhbi
Julie Zoller, the U.S. State Department’s senior deputy coordinator for Communications and Information Policy and deputy head of the U.S. WRC delegation, said just about any piece of the existing Ku- and Ka-band spectrum now in use for satellite services — with the exception of frequencies specifically reserved for national Ku-band broadcast services — could be used for UAV command and control. Credit: ITU
Aireon’s business model is straightforward: It will provide a global surveillance capability with the same performance level as the current ground-based ADS-B system. Air navigation authorities will use the information not only to track aircraft mid-ocean, but also to assign more optimal air routes to save fuel or avoid bad weather. Credit: Aireon
WRC-15 spectrum
WRC-15 spectrum
Several officials attending the Global Space and Satellite Forum  May 26-27 in Abu Dhabi,  said the Arab Spectrum Management Group's willingness to cede  some satellite spectrum to terrestrial operators appears to be part of a larger trend. Credit: Global Space and Satellite Forum
WRC-15 spectrum
WRC-15 spectrum
Eutelsat Chief Executive Michel de Rosen. Credit: Eutelsat