Doug Irwin, CPBE AMD DRB
June 27, 2016
CHICAGO — Boeing wants U.S. and international regulators to reconsider constraints on low-orbiting satellite broadband constellations (Non-geostationary satellite orbits, or NGSO) using C- and V-bands and has specifically asked the FCC for a license to launch and operate a network of as many as 2,956 V-band satellites, according to Spacenews.com.
Boeing’s proposed system would operate in the same V-band spectrum (40-75 GHz) as fifth-generation (5G) systems; however, Boeing believes technological advances make possible the effective sharing of spectrum for the delivery of global communications services, including satellite-delivered broadband and terrestrial 5G applications.
Although a great deal of spectrum is already available for current generation mobile wireless, Boeing says the need for spectrum is constantly growing as 5G services approach the market. At the same time, Boeing believes “the FCC must ensure that any 5G designations provide protection for existing satellite services and future growth of the satellite industry,” according to the same article.
C-band spectrum reserved for satellite systems has been coveted by terrestrial-wireless interests for years. Boeing’s senior director for frequency management systems asked for a broad review of C- and V-band spectrum rules at the WRC conference scheduled for 2019. The reviews were put on regulators’ agenda at WRC-15.
Boeing’s C- and V-band networks would feature intense reuse of the broadcast frequencies. For the V-band network, the company says each satellite’s beams would be subdivided into thousands of cells, each 8-11 kilometers in diameter and each carrying up to five 1-gigahertz channels.