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Released: January 29, 2004


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DA 04-234
January 29, 2004

International Bureau Invites Applicants to Amend Pending V-Band Applications

Report No. SPB-199

In 1997, the International Bureau (Bureau) announced a cut-off date for applications for satellite
systems to operate in the 37.5-40.5 GHz and 47.2-50.2 GHz bands (V-band).1 The parties listed in the
Appendix to this Public Notice filed applications by the cut-off date.2 More recently, the Commission
adopted an Order revising the rules governing operations in the V-band.3 We invite the applicants listed
in the Appendix to file amendments needed to update their applications, no later than 45 days after the
release date of this public notice. Any application that is not amended will be dismissed as defective
because it does not substantially comply with the Commission's rules and regulations.4 The Bureau will
review the amended applications to determine whether they are substantially complete, and acceptable for
filing. If so, the Bureau will place the amended applications on public notice. Amended applications that
are not substantially complete will be returned to the applicant.5

The original cut-off date was August 21, 1997. Applications Accepted for Filing, Cut-Off
Established for Additional Space Station Applications and Letters of Intent in the 36-51.4 GHz Frequency Band,
Public Notice, 12 FCC Rcd 10450 (Int'l Bur., 1997). The cut-off date was later extended to September 5, 1997, and
then again to September 26, 1997. Clarification and Corrections to Public Notices, Report Nos. SPB-88 and SPB-
89, Establishing Deadlines for Applications, Letters of Intend, and Amendments to Applications in the 2 GHz and
36-51.4 GHz Frequency Bands, Public Notice, 12 FCC Rcd 12050 (Int'l Bur., 1997); Extension of Cut-off Dates for
Applications, Letters of Intend, and Amendments to Applications in the 2 GHz and 36-51.4 GHz Frequency Bands,
Public Notice, Report No. SPB-99 (released Sept. 4, 1997).

The Appendix does not include applications that were later withdrawn.

Allocation and Designation of Spectrum for Fixed-Satellite Services in the 37.5-38.5 GHz, 40.5-
41.5 GHz and 48.2-50.2 GHz Frequency Bands; Allocation of Spectrum to Upgrade Fixed and Mobile Allocations
in the 40.5-42.5 GHz Frequency Band; Allocation of Spectrum in the 46.9-47.0 GHz Frequency Band for Wireless
Services; and Allocation of Spectrum in the 37.0-38.0 GHz and 40.0-40.5 GHz for Government Operations, Second
Report and Order
, IB Docket No. 97-95, FCC 03-296 (released Dec. 5, 2003).

47 C.F.R. § 25.112(a)(2).

Amendment of the Commission's Space Station Licensing Rules and Policies, First Report and
Order, IB Docket No. 02-34, 18 FCC Rcd 10760, 10852 (para. 244) (2003) (First Space Station Reform Order)
(petitions for reconsideration pending); Applications of PanAmSat Licensee Corp. For Authority to Construct,
Launch, and Operate a Hybrid Satellite System in its Separate International Communications Satellite System, Order
on Reconsideration
, 18 FCC Rcd 23916 (Int'l Bur., 2003).

The Bureau will consider all substantially complete applications as amended pursuant to new
space station licensing procedures adopted in the First Space Station Reform Order. In that Order, the
Commission adopted two procedures, each for a different type of satellite application. For
nongeostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) satellite system applications, and for geostationary satellite orbit
(GSO) mobile satellite service (MSS) satellite system applications (together, NGSO-like applications),
the Commission adopted a modified processing round approach. Generally, the Commission will
announce a cut-off date for a processing round, review each application filed in the processing round to
determine whether the applicant is qualified to hold a satellite license, and divide the available spectrum
equally among the qualified applicants.6 Licensees would select their specific spectrum assignments at
the time they begin launching their satellite systems.7

For GSO satellite applications other than MSS satellite systems (GSO-like applications), the
Commission adopted a first-come, first-served approach. Applications are reviewed one at a time, in the
order they are filed. Each application will be granted unless, upon review, the Bureau finds that the
applicant is not qualified, or the proposed satellite would cause harmful interference to a previously
licensed satellite. In the event that two mutually exclusive GSO-like applications are filed at the same
time, the Commission will consider them together.8 If both applicants are qualified, the Commission will
license them to operate in half the spectrum at that orbit location.9

In new frequency bands, the Commission decided that, in cases where there are no service rules
establishing criteria for sharing between GSO and NGSO satellite systems, it will consider only
applications of the kind that is filed first. In the event that one or more GSO-like satellite system
applications and one or more NGSO-like satellite system applications are filed in a new band at the same
time, the Commission concluded that it will designate part of the band for GSO-like satellites and the rest
of the band for NGSO-like satellite systems, based on the proportion of qualified GSO-like applicants to
qualified NGSO-like applicants.10

Finally, the Commission determined that applying these new procedures to the pending V-band
applications listed in the Appendix to this public notice would not impair the rights an applicant possessed
when it filed its application, increase any applicant's liability for past conduct, nor impose new duties on
applicants with respect to transactions already completed. The Commission therefore directed the
International Bureau (Bureau) to apply the new procedures to the pending V-band applications.11

Accordingly, the portions of the V-band allocated to satellite service, in both the uplink and the
downlink frequency bands, will be divided proportionally between qualified NGSO-like and GSO-like
satellite system applicants. For example, if the Bureau finds that all the parties with pending applications
are qualified, the Bureau will license the NGSO-like applicants to operate in 4/7 of the V-band spectrum
allocated to satellite services, and will license the GSO-like applicants to operate in the other 3/7 of the V-
band spectrum allocated to satellite services. With respect to the NGSO-like applications, the Bureau will

First Space Station Reform Order, 18 FCC Rcd at 10782-86 (paras. 48-55).

First Space Station Reform Order, 18 FCC Rcd at 10783 (para. 48).

First Space Station Reform Order, 18 FCC Rcd at 10804-12 (paras. 108-31).

First Space Station Reform Order, 18 FCC Rcd at 10812-13 (paras. 132-35).

First Space Station Reform Order, 18 FCC Rcd at 10786-87 (para. 58).

First Space Station Reform Order, 18 FCC Rcd at 10865 (para. 279).


divide the NGSO-like portion of the V-band among the qualified V-band NGSO applicants. With respect
to GSO-like applications, the Bureau will treat them as though they were filed at the same time. In cases
where only one qualified GSO-like applicant has requested a particular orbit location, and the record
supports granting the application, the Bureau will grant that application. In cases where two or more
qualified GSO-like applicants have requested mutually exclusive orbit locations, and the record supports
granting all the applications, the Bureau will divide the spectrum at those locations equally among all the
qualified applicants.

TRW obtained approval to enter into a merger with Northrop Grumman in 2002.12 TRW has
filed applications to amend its pending V-band applications to reflect the merger, and a waiver of the
Commission's "cut-off" rules. Those amendment applications and waiver request are still pending. In
this public notice, we invite comment on TRW's merger-related amendment applications and waiver
request. Thus, comments on any of these TRW amendment applications or waiver request are due no
later than 30 days after the release date of this public notice. Oppositions are due no later than 40 days
after the release date of this public notice. Replies are due no later than 45 days after the release date of
this public notice.

Application of TRW Inc., Transferor And Northrop Grumman Corporation, Transferee For
Consent to Transfer of Control of Authorization to Construct, Launch and Operate a Ka-Band Satellite System in the
Fixed-Satellite Service, Order and Authorization, 17 FCC Rcd 24625 (Int'l. Bur., Sat. Div., 2002).



NGSO-Like License Applications


File Number




GSO-Like Orbital Assignment Requests

Orbit Location Applicant

113° W.L.

112° W.L.
Spectrum Astro


83° W.L.

77° W.L.
Spectrum Astro


15° E.L.

17° E.L.
Spectrum Astro

66° E.L.
Spectrum Astro

112° E.L.

122° E.L.
Spectrum Astro



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