Is ITU spectrum priority no longer important for LEO telecom constellations?

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Is spectrum priority an important asset for an operator of a constellation of telecommunications satellites in low Earth orbit?

That is now being debated as U.S. and international regulators cope with numerous LEO filings in multiple radio frequencies and appear to be ready to license any of them that can line up financing and meet service deadlines.

Canada’s Telesat spent years saying the priority rights to Ka-band spectrum it had secured at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) was a key asset . . .

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