FM PT 44 "Satellite Communications"

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      16th meeting of FM44 taking place 6-8 April 2011 at ECO in Copenhagen

Main results of the meeting:


  • Good progress has been made in the development of a draft ECC Recommendation on a regulatory framework for GNSS pseudolites. This new draft Recommendation will be submitted to the next WG FM for approval for public consulation. The draft Recommendation is focused on indoor operation of GNSS pseudolites. Outdoor use of pseudolites is also under study and a new ECC Report is created by FM44.
  • FM44 considered the scope of possible new studies in the Ka-band, in conjunction with SE40 and SE19, to examine the current use of this spectrum by fixed service systems and the feasibility to facilitate its greater use by satellite systems, including the feasibility of uncoordinated use as well as applications on mobile platforms in parts of the FSS Ka-band spectrum. It is planned to create a new ECC Decision on Earth stations on mobile platforms within the Ka-Band.
  • A CEPT contribution to ITU-R WP 4C was unanimously approved on the subject of using MSS systems in natural disaster and similar emergency situations.
  • FM44 agreed to carry out a determination of the number of sites with BSS feeder links using the 17.3-17.7 GHz frequency band. This is coordinated by Mr Jean-Jacques Bloch [email protected] (please contact him for subscription to the respective email-reflector  [email protected] ).
  • FM44 also works in relation to current ITU-R work on subjects such as IMT-Advanced-Satellite interfaces, VSAT, SNG exemption from individual licensing and free circulation and terminology used for networks using both satellite and terrestrial links. 
  • FM44 also reviewed the need for retaining, withdrawing or revision making of the existing ECC Decisions and ECC Recommendatios for satellite services. Documentation of the meeting is available on the ECO Meeting Document Server.


Mr. Benoist Deschamps ANFR FRANCE, Chairman FM44
16th meeting of FM44, 6-8 April 2011 ECO, Copenhagen

16h meeting of FM44, 6-8 April 2011 ECO, Copenhagen



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Ongoing work

Details on the ongoing work in FM 44 can be obtained from the ECO Meeting Document Server and from WGFM Work programme (FM44 item)

Contacts FM44:


                        Dr Benoist Deschamps


265 rue Pierre Rivoalon

29200 Brest


Tel:          +33 2 9834 12 36

Telefax:    +33 2 9834 12 30

                        E-Mail:     [email protected]


ECO contact for FM44 related enquiries: Thomas Weber (ECO)  e-mail "[email protected]" or phone +45 33 89 63 12

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