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  • sandpaints sandpaints Nov 27, 2013 6:15 PM Flag

    Ob3 Competition Moving Forward - Heads Up

     

    This will require some of our more technically informed, but even I can see this has some disruptive qualities - Ob3 is about to change 'Infrastructure' in a way that seems to dwarf GSAT base stations?

    FCC document application reported today:
    FCC PUBLIC NOTICE
    Report No. SES-01600 Wednesday November 27, 2013
    DOC-324425A1

    Satellite Communications Services
    re: Satellite Radio Applications Accepted For Filing

    Quote:

    "O3b Limited requests authority to operate earth stations aboard maritime vessels that will communicate
    with O3b's non-geostationary orbit Fixed-Satellite Service system licensed by the United Kingdom. O3b requests
    a blanket license to operate up to 100 earth stations with 2.2-meter antennas and up to 100 earth stations with 1.2-meter
    antennas on U.S.-registered vessels that will operate in U.S. territorial waters, international waters, and foreign waters. O3b states the earth
    stations will transmit in the 28.6-29.1 GHz frequency band and receive in the 18.8-19.3 GHz frequency band. O3b proposes to operate on a
    non-conforming basis when the vessels are in motion and on a primary basis when the vessels are stationary.

    "O3b requests waivers of Sections 2.106, 25.137(c), 25.145(c), 25.283(c), and 25.210(i) ofthe Commission's rules, and the Ka-band
    Frequency Plan."

    "In its application, O3b explained that it also intends to use its 2.2-meter and 1.2-meter antennas on non-U.S.-registered maritime vessels in or
    near U.S. territorial waters utilizing the same technical characteristics and operating parameters as described above. As a result, O3b also seeks a
    waiver of the Ka-band Plan, the U.S. Table of Allocations, as well as any other applicable operational rule, with respect to its operations on
    non-U.S.-registered vessels in or near U.S. territorial waters."

    " For more information on O3b's system, see the files associated with Call Sign E130021 and Call Sign E100088."

    (Further down in the FCC document)

    "O3b Limited intends to conduct tests and demonstrations using 2.2-meter and 1.2-meter antennas aboard
    two maritime vessels registered to the Bahamas located in or near U.S. territorial waters for 180 days. The antennas will
    communicate with O3b's non-geostationary orbit Fixed-Satellite Service system licensed by the United Kingdom.
    The antennas will transmit in the 28.6-29.1 GHz frequency band and receive in the 18.8-19.3 GHz frequency band. O3b states that
    the Bahamas has licensed the operations through its Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority. O3b seeks a waiver, to the extent
    necessary, of the Commission's Table of Allocations and the Ka-band Frequency Plan to conduct the operations described in its filing.
    The public comment period for this request ends on December 11, 2013."

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    • their first 4 sats are up but they need 8 before they can start operations

      2 of the first four have anomalies which are not serious enough that they won't be functional

      but due to that the 2nd batch of 4 sats has been returned to thales' rome facility to be reworked

      they should launch sometime next year

      their orbit is straight along the equator so their range is limited to above/below the 45th parallels

      SES and google are backing them and their purpose will be doing broadband so instead of being a direct competitor to us they will rather be marketing against the big GEO operators of that field

 
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