Satellite technology is used in a number of contexts: television broadcasting, civil or governmental telecommunications, scientific data acquisition and technological experiments. A point all these applications have in common is the need for radio spectrum.
As regards spectrum management, French space policy has two mandatory requirements: firstly, secure current spectrum resources essential for satellite applications and secondly, provide conditions favourable to the development of new satellite applications, if necessary by allocating new resources to the sector. Another important point is that operating all these applications is in essence an international undertaking and there is therefore a compelling need for harmonisation in order to maintain existing capacity and seek out new capacity. French space policy concerning spectrum management also fosters France’s industrial policy in that the international harmonisation of satellite frequencies is crucial for the export potential of the products of its space industry.
ANFR will seek to ensure that the whole 30/20 GHz range can accommodate applications providing mobile connectivity to means of transport.
ANFR will seek recognition within international bodies of the satellite component of the maritime data exchange system in the VHF band (VDES).
ANFR will seek protection for earth stations receiving observed data and for the operation of the European Data Relay System (EDRS), in particular when work on 5G in Europe begins and at WRC-19.
To ensure that the long-term needs of French space policy are given due consideration, ANFR will maintain the various fora allowing discussions with French industry and space operators, both public and private, with a view to identifying evolutions required for the sector’s growth.
ANFR will support a regulatory environment favourable to satellite systems in the 50/40 GHz range, in particular in preparation for WRC-19 (spectrum availability, coexistence between satellite and terrestrial services, coexistence between geostationary and non-geostationary systems).
ANFR will opt in favour of long-term stabilisation, at national, European and international levels, of the 10.7-12.75 GHz and 21.4-22 GHz frequency bands, as well as the associated feeder-link frequency bands, for satellite broadcasting, of the 8/7 GHz and 31/21 GHz ranges for military telecommunications and of the frequency ranges used by Earth-observation and weather satellites and by French and European space research satellites, in particular those used for the European COPERNICUS programme.
ANFR will seek to improve operating conditions on data-collection platforms in the 400 MHz and 460 MHz ranges, in particular at WRC-19.