EU wants single licensing for mobile satellite services

The European Commission proposed to establish a single licensing procedure for mobile satellite services across the European Union.

EU wants single licensing for mobile satellite services
The European Commission proposed to establish a single licensing procedure for mobile satellite services across the European Union.

The proposal would allow companies to apply for one EU-wide license from the commission to provide mobile satellite services, instead of seeking permission from each of the 27 member states.

"This would provide a one-stop shop," commission spokesman Martin Selmayr said at a daily news briefing, adding it should help cut costs and boost the satellite communications industry in Europe.

A mobile satellite service is a service provided by a satellite system which communicates with portable terrestrial terminals. Such systems allow high-speed communication between satellites and handheld mobile terminal, providing many wireless services, such as mobile TV, broadband data and emergency communications.

One well-known example is portable satellite telephones that allow phone calls to be made and received anywhere in the world.

The overall market for space and its applications is about 70 billion euros globally, growing at some 7 percent per year, according to the commission.

If the proposal is adopted by the European Parliament and member states early next year, the EU's executive arm will publish an open call for applications and the target date for completing the EU selection process is early 2009.

The commission said the candidate systems' quality will be assessed technically and commercially. Further assessment criteria will include geographic coverage, consumer and competitive benefits, the fulfillment of public policy objectives, and spectrum efficiency.

Selected operators will be subsequently authorized by national authorities and then start launching satellites so that commercial activities could begin in 2011.

Several satellite companies like SES Astra and France's Eutelsat Communications have already shown interest in applying for the EU-wide license.

Mobile satellite services will use the two gigahertz band throughout the EU, comprising radio spectrum from 1980 to 2010 megahertz for earth to space communications, and from 2170 to 2200megahertz for space to earth communications.

Agencies
Last Mod: 23 Ağustos 2007, 16:10
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