An overview of satellite policy, law and regulation
Produced in partnership with Joanne Wheeler of Alden Legal
An overview of satellite policy, law and regulation

The following TMT practice note Produced in partnership with Joanne Wheeler of Alden Legal provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • An overview of satellite policy, law and regulation
  • Brexit
  • What are mobile satellite services?
  • Key bodies in the regulatory structure
  • International
  • Europe
  • UK
  • Legal and regulatory framework for MSS in Europe
  • Harmonisation of 2 GHz for MSS
  • Selection and authorisation of MSS systems
  • More...

This Practice Note sets out the legal and regulatory regime governing mobile satellite services (MSS) in the UK and in Europe.

The main communications satellite services are:

  1. mobile satellite service (MSS)

  2. fixed satellite service (FSS), and

  3. broadcast satellite service (BSS)

In general, currently, at UK, European and international level, the legal and regulatory framework for each service is similar in relation to obtaining access to spectrum (although the services may use different spectrum bands) and when seeking to obtain a launch and operations licence. There may be differences in relation to the requirements to obtain the requisite terrestrial licences and certain aspects of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) filing procedures and requirements of the Radio Regulations. An MSS system may also require access to spectrum for links for communications between an Earth station and a satellite and vice versa (feeder links) for its operation. This Practice Note focuses in particular on the policy, law and regulation for MSS at UK and European level.

Brexit

On exit day (31 January 2020), the UK ceased to be an EU Member State and entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law.

Exit day is still key in terms of being the date the UK ceases to be an EU Member State, but in terms of the legal impact, the end of the implementation period is when

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