Acceptance of Planned Bands

1. Quality Of Services (DTH, VSAT) Between Planned Band And Unplanned Band Satellites

The regulatory / coordination procedures for implementing satellite systems in Planned Bands are different from those of Non Planned Bands. But technically, technologically and also from operational viewpoint there is no reason why the capacity offered at planned band should be different to non- planned band. The non-planned bands are running out of spectrum as GSO is already crowded in these bands. To add additional bandwidth, the planned bands are the best bet.

In Europe FSS Plan Bands are used widely along with non planned bands. Payloads of EUTELSAT, ASTRA AND SES Series satellites include FSS Plan Band.

n Brazil and Latin American countries, FSS Plan bands are used for DTH applications. Intelsat-11 & 16 and Amazonas 2 operate in FSS Plan Band.

Right from mid eighties, FSS Plan Bands are more extensively used in Europe because SES and EUTELSAT have advantageously used “Existing” / “List” related ITU RR/Regulations for implementing Plan Band Satellite systems in Europe. Such an approach was not followed in Americas for implementation of FSS Plan Band satellite networks and hence FSS Plan Band systems may be less in America as compared to Europe.

Presently FSS Plan band Satellites are being implemented using procedures of simplified Coordinated usage of FSS Plan Bands, which were adopted by ITU WRC 2007 only in 2007 and more satellites in FSS Plan bands are expected in America as well as Asian regions in the next five years or so.

Both Mexico and Brazil have also made filings for FSS Plan Band satellite networks in 2012 and this information is given.

But these filings are yet to be coordinated as per ITU RR Appendix30B Regulatory procedures to design and implement technically and commercially feasible satellite system.
Note on FSS Plan Bands (Appendix 30B)

1.Appendix 30 B Planned Bands

Ku –band Uplink : 12.750-13.250 GHz

Ku-band Downlink: 10.700-10.950 GHz and 11.200-11.450 GHz

C-band Uplink: 6725-7025 MHz

C-band Downlink: 4500-4800 MHz

2. Present Users of FSS Plan Band (KU)


3. Spacecrafts with Planned Bands (KU)

Table 1

Satellites using FSS Plan Bands in Europe for TV
Orbital slot Satellite Frequency
30 W HISPASAT 1E 10.7-10.95 GHz
12.5 W EUTELSAT 12 11.2-11.45 GHz
7.3 W EUTELSAT 7 10.7-10.95 GHz
11.2-11.45 GHz
4.8 E SES 5 11.2-11.45 GHz
10 E EUTELSAT 10A 10.7-10.95 GHz
11.2-11.45 GHz
13 E EUTELSAT 13C 10.7-10.95 GHz
11.2-11.45 GHz
16 E EUTELSAT 16A 10.7-10.95 GHz
11.2-11.45 GHz
19.2 E ASTRA 2C 10.7-10.95 GHz
21.5 E EUTELSAT 21B 10.7-10.95 GHz
11.2-11.45 GHz
28.2 E ASTRA 1N 10.7-10.95 GHz

Table 2

Satellites using FSS Plan Bands in America for TV
Orbital slot Satellite Frequency
61 W AMAZONAS 2 10.7-10.95 GHz
11.2-11.45 GHz
58 W INTELSAT 16 10.7-10.95 GHz
11.2-11.45 GHz
47.5 W AOneSat 10.7-10.95 GHz
(To be launched) 11.2-11.45 GHz
43 W INTELSAT 11 10.7-10.95 GHz
11.2-11.45 GHz

2. Ground Equipment Addition/Replacement Required For Planned Band

Ground Equipment in Customer Premises: As these planned band frequencies are interleaved with the un-planned band frequencies, the availability of customer ground equipment (DTH Receivers) is not an issue.

Teleport Infrastructure installations of Operator: Existing Teleport Earth Stations which are being used for TV Uplink operations need to be refurbished for FSS Plan Band operations and this is one time and nominal expenditure.

3. Any Trouble Issues Known During Integration

In Brazil, FSS Plan bands are already being used for DTH applications and hence one can expect the integration should be smoth also across the reason.

Shifting services from one
satellite to another