TAMPA, Fla. — Inmarsat is searching for permission from Greece to maneuver a floor station there from the Netherlands, which needs to promote the C-band spectrum the location makes use of for maritime security companies to 5G wi-fi operators.
The British satellite tv for pc operator beforehand argued that transferring out of the northern Netherlands village of Burum was pointless as a result of it was doable its companies might share the spectrum band with 5G operators.
Nonetheless, the corporate stated Could 13 it’s working with authorities in Greece to safe a license following suggestions from an exterior committee, which was appointed by the Dutch authorities to seek out methods to promote the operator’s 3.5 GHz frequencies with out interfering with security companies.
Inmarsat had taken the Dutch authorities to courtroom final yr over an preliminary plan to promote the three.5 GHz band it partly makes use of for these emergency companies for 5G operators to make use of from September 2022.
A Dutch administrative courtroom in June suspended this spectrum public sale plan, and ordered Inmarsat and the federal government to discover a answer for releasing the frequencies for 5G that doesn’t impression security companies.
In accordance with the exterior advisory committee, Inmarsat ought to transfer from Burum however a part of the operator’s 3.5 GHz spectrum shouldn’t go to wi-fi operators till the operator units up a floor station elsewhere.
Their report was offered to the federal government Could 12 to advocate transferring the bottom station to Greece, and auctioning the three.5 GHz frequencies so they’re accessible to cellular operators by December 2023.
If Inmarsat has not moved its floor station by then, the report stated it needs to be allowed to proceed working the location however with a smaller 80 MHz swath of the spectrum.
Inmarsat’s maritime-safety floor station in Burum at present makes use of 126 MHz of the band.
The frequencies are used for a mixture of business and security companies that Inmarsat spokesperson Matthew Knowles stated can’t be decoupled.
“All through this course of Inmarsat has sought to guard these important security companies, on which tens of millions of individuals rely every single day, whereas providing a sensible method ahead to allow 5G cellular telecommunications within the Netherlands to start rapidly,” Inmarsat chief working officer Jason Smith stated in an emailed assertion.
Smith added: “Inmarsat will proceed to function within the present spectrum from Burum earlier than transferring operations — however not individuals — to a brand new location exterior the Netherlands as soon as a licence elsewhere is confirmed. Inmarsat is working with the authorities in Greece to safe a licence to function there.”
The London-based firm has one other floor station on this a part of the world at Fucino in central Italy, nevertheless, the corporate says it requires two stations on this European area for redundancy as a result of its security companies demand excessive reliability and efficiency ranges.
Inmarsat, which is within the course of of being offered to U.S.-based satellite tv for pc operator Viasat for $7.3 billion, supplies maritime security capabilities freed from cost to customers by means of companies stemming from its historical past as an intergovernmental group based within the Nineteen Seventies.
The operator has floor stations in 9 nations that present security companies worldwide: Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, France, Japan, India, Russia, China and Vietnam.
Harald Hanemaaijer, spokesperson for the Dutch Ministry of Financial Affairs and Local weather Coverage, stated the Dutch authorities will touch upon the advisory report in a letter to its Parliament “earlier than the summer time.”
“On the premise of the recommendation, the Ministry of Financial Affairs will draw up a brand new choice to amend the so-called Nationwide Frequency Plan (NFP) and within the meantime will proceed to seek the advice of with the satellite tv for pc firm about facilitating its meant transfer to Greece,” the Dutch authorities stated in a Could 12 information launch.
The committee says its suggestions have the backing of cellular community operators along with Inmarsat.
Behind different European nations, the Netherlands offered its first batch of 5G-suitable spectrum in 2020 within the 700 MHz, 1.4 GHz and a pair of.1 GHz bands.
The Netherlands joins many different nations worldwide which have not too long ago made strikes to promote satellite tv for pc C-band frequencies to spice up 5G companies.
The U.S. raised greater than $81 billion from auctioning off a bit of C-band spectrum final yr — Intelsat, SES and different satellite tv for pc operators within the nation are nonetheless working to clear all of the frequencies that have been offered for terrestrial use.