ITU says Ka-band works fine, even in tropics; Eutelsat warns of ITU Ka-band spectrum grab

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The use of Ka-band broadband satellites to deliver internet is substantially less affected by rain-fade than previous modeling suggested, removing an issue that has long been used to question the move from C- and Ku-band to higher frequencies, an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) official said.

Alexandre Vallet, head of the ITU’s space services department, said that in addition to Ka-band’s better-than-predicted resistance to rain, future 5G wireless deployment in Europe and elsewhere will use three groups of spectrum, not just Ka-band.

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