FCC OKs SES 03b expansion: More satellites and coverage, and frequencies including V-band

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized satellite fleet operator SES to expand its O3b medium-Earth-orbit system with greater geographic coverage, new broadcast frequencies including V-band and 26 new satellites.

The FCC imposed a deadline on SES to be operating on all its newly approved frequencies by June 7, 2024, reasoning that the more satellites, a new orbit and added spectrum is more than an expansion of an existing license.

The agency also ordered SES to pay the bond fee required of . . .

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