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:  6.725-7.025 GHz
 C-band Downlink:  4.500-4.800 GHz

 

2. Present Users of FSS Plan Band (KU)

HISPASAT, SES/ASTRA, EUTELSAT and INTELSAT

 

3. Spacecrafts with Planned Bands (KU)

Tables 1 and 2 provide information on satellites using FSS Plan Band

 

   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

(to be launched)

10.7-10.95 GHz

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.