Indonesia had to expect UK (Inmarsat) or UAE (Yahsat) opposition to its L-band satellite ITU bid. It’s UAE

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator Yahsat, which owns GEO-mobile L-band mobile satellite services provider Thuraya, asked international regulators to block Indonesia’s attempt to maintain rights to an L-band orbital slot long past its nominal expiration date.

The United Arab Emirates’ Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, acting on Yahsat’s behalf, asked the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio Regulations Board to reject Indonesia’s claim that “force majeure” events out of its control has made it unable to fill the 123 degrees east orbital position . . .

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