Satellite Application Grants
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
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Report No. SAT-00936
Friday March 15, 2013
Policy Branch Information
Actions TakenThe Commission, by its International Bureau, took the following actions pursuant to delegated authority. The effective
date of these actions is the release date of this Notice, except where an effective date is specified.
XM Radio LLC
03/14/2013 - 12/02/2018
Grant of Authority
Nature of Service:Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service
On March 14, 2013, the Satellite Division granted the application of XM Radio LLC to modify the authorization for its XM-5 Satellite Digital
Audio Radio Service space station at the 85.15° W.L. orbital location, currently authorized for service restoral only, to add authority to activate
the XM-5 communications payloads in the 2320-2345 MHz (space-to-Earth) and 7025-7075 MHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands for periodic
Hispamar Satelites, S.A.
Petition for Declaratory Ruling to be Added to the Permitted List
Granted in Part / Dismissed in Part
Nature of Service:Direct to Home Fixed Satellite, Fixed Satellite Service
On March 14, 2013, the Satellite Division granted, with conditions, the petition of Hispamar Satélites, S.A. to add the Amazonas-3 space station
at the 61° W.L. orbital location to the Commission's Permitted Space Station List to provide Fixed- Satellite Service, including Direct-to-Home
service, in the 3700-4200 MHz (space-to-Earth), 5925-6425 MHz (Earth-to-space), 11.7-12.2 GHz (space-to-Earth), and 14.0-14.5 GHz
(Earth-to-space) frequency bands. The operations of Amazonas-3 addressed by this grant are licensed by the Administration of Brazil.
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On November 30, 2007, the Satellite Division authorized Intelsat Licensee LLC (formerly PanAmSat H-2 Corp.) to
operate the Horizons 2 space station (Call Sign S2423) at the 74.05° W.L. orbital location using the 11.7-12.2 GHz
(space-to-Earth) and 14.0-14.5 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands. See IBFS File Nos. SAT-MOD-20070628-00090
and SAT-AMD-20070731-00108, granted Nov. 30, 2007. In December 2011, Intelsat relocated the Horizons 2 space
station from 74.05° W.L. to 84.85° E.L., where it is currently operating. See IBFS File No.
SAT-MOD-20110928-00190, granted Jan. 31, 2012. Intelsat is not operating, nor has it indicated any intent to operate,
another space station that uses the 11.7-12.2 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 14.0-14.5 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands
at the 74.05° W.L. orbital location. These frequency bands at the 74.05° W.L. orbital location are now available for
reassignment pursuant to the Commission's first-come, first-served licensing process effective 2:00 p.m. EDT on
Tuesday, March 19, 2013. At that time, interested parties may file applications for new space stations, requests for
market access by non-U.S. licensed space stations, modifications to licensed space stations, or amendments to pending
applications taking this announcement into account. Applications filed prior to this date and time will be dismissed as
premature, without prejudice to re-filing.
In a Public Notice released in 2004, the Commission provided a list of orbital locations where specific Ka-band
frequencies are not available for commercial space station operations in the United States because the Federal
Government has authorized a Ka-band satellite at that location. Ka-Band Licenses Surrendered: Current List of Orbital
Locations Not Available for Licensing in Portions of the Ka-Band, Public Notice, Report No. SPB-208 (rel. Jul. 23,
2004). In this regard, the Public Notice specified that the 17.8-20.2 GHz frequencies at the 60° W.L. and 69° W.L.
orbital locations, as well as orbital locations less than two degrees from these locations, were "unavailable" for
commercial U.S. operations. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration recently informed the
Commission that the Federal Government no longer intends to use these Ka-band frequencies at the 60° W.L. and 69°
W.L. orbital locations. Consequently, the 17.8-20.2 GHz frequencies at 60° W.L. and 69° W.L. orbital locations are
now available for assignment, pursuant to the Commission's first-come, first-served licensing process effective 2:00
p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. At that time, applicants may file applications for new space stations or requests
for market access by non-U. S. licensed space stations, modifications to licensed space stations, or amendments to
pending applications taking this announcement into account. Applications for this spectrum filed prior to this date and
time will be dismissed as premature without prejudice to re-filing.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has informed the Commission that the
17.8-20.2 GHz band at the 100° E.L. and 170° E.L. orbital locations are now reserved for federal government use.
NTIA has registered these orbital locations with the International Telecommunication Union. Consequently, the
17.8-20.2 GHz frequency band at these orbital locations is no longer available for commercial U.S operations. In
addition, orbital locations that are less than two degrees away from the 100° E.L. and 170° E.L. orbital locations are also
unavailable for commercial U.S. operations in this frequency band.
For more information concerning this Notice, contact the Satellite Division at 202-418-0719; TTY 202-418-2555.
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