ManSat has successfully supported the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) of Poland in the upgrade of its Broadcasting Satellite Service assignment in response to Resolution 559, approved at the last World Radio Conference.
The International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) held in Egypt in November of 2019 made significant changes to how the region accesses broadcast spectrum from satellites which impacted many nations. While suppressing some limitations and opening up new opportunities for commercial operators, the changes also offered select Member States the unique opportunity to upgrade their current assignment, which otherwise might not allow viable implementation of a BSS service.
However, concerned nations only had until May 22, 2020, to submit their request, a very limited timeframe given the decision was made in November last year. ManSat worked in support of the UKE to assert its spectrum rights and secured upgraded spectrum resources.
Wiktor Sega, expert in the Department of Radio Spectrum at UKE, stated, “the cooperation between ManSat and Poland’s UKE has been most satisfactory, both in terms of content and results.”
The new frequencies and orbital slot were successfully filed with the ITU on 6th May 2020 and will allow Poland to benefit from a stronger position.
“It’s been an honor and pleasure to support UKE through this work,” added Alexis Martin, Chief Consulting Officer at ManSat. “Navigating through freshly updated regulations is not always easy, but UKE have demonstrated great expertise, thorough understanding, and fast decision-making process that will allow them to timely secure key spectrum for future use.”