Inmarsat v Netherlands government C-band GMDSS frequency dispute heads to court May 11

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — A Dutch tribunal has scheduled a May 11 hearing on Inmarsat’s protest of a Dutch government decision to force satellite fleet operator Inmarsat to stop using C-band spectrum from a site in the northern Netherlands that provides global maritime distress and safety service (GMDSS) to the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

Inmarsat on March 26 served a writ on the government after months of negotiations failed to unblock the situation. The Netherlands’s National Frequency Plan calls for an auction of the C-band spectrum, with September 2022 . . .

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