Agreement has been reached on a new milestone-based approach for the deployment of non-geostationary satellite (NGSO) systems1. The agreement establishes regulatory procedures for NGSOs and low-Earth orbit mega-constellations2.
In its announcement of the agreement, the ITU said that the milestone-based approach would provide a regulatory mechanism which will help ensure that the Master International Frequency Register (an ITU database of all registered frequency assignments) is kept up to date with the latest deployment information relating to NGSOs in specific frequency bands. The ITU also noted that the new approach seeks to strike a balance which will prevent radio-frequency spectrum warehousing3, and enable coordination mechanisms to work properly.
The advent of launch vehicles which are capable of supporting multiple satellite launches has seen mega-constellations increase in popularity for global telecommunications uses. Such constellations can provide low-latency broadband coverage, and has research applications such as meteorology, space and upper atmosphere, astronomy and much more. Learn more: ITU announcement
WRC-19: New Milestones Agreed for Non-Geostationary Satellite Deployment
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