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On the 31 January 2011, Ms Odette Wagener, director of the Regulatory Authority of Luxembourg, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Satellite Monitoring within CEPT. With this signature, Luxembourg is the seventh SAT MoU signatory country.

Purpose of the SAT MoU

The increasing usage of geostationary as well as non geostationary satellites will result in a more crowded frequency spectrum. This has a significant economic impact. In order to guarantee reliable satellite services and interference free operation, Administrations will take the responsibility for efficient frequency management.

Satellite spectrum monitoring is required to ensure efficient frequency management. For this purpose, a fully equipped monitoring earth station is available in Leeheim Space Radio Monitoring Station (Germany). It comprises 4 major antennas covering the frequency range 130 MHz – 26.5 GHz. The station is capable of monitoring geostationary as well as non geostationary satellites and also of localizing satellite interferers on earth.

Due to the highly specialized and costly nature of satellite monitoring facilities, an agreement on the access to these facilities and on the sharing of costs for national authorities using these facilities has been established. The agreement facilitates the following monitoring activities:

  • Investigation of interference to and from satellites
  • Detection of the illicit use of satellites
  • Monitoring the usage of spectrum and orbital resources

Up to now the signatories of the agreement are (in alphabetical order): France, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Short summary of the Memorandum of Understanding on Satellite Monitoring within CEPT

In June 2002, the Memorandum of Understanding on Satellite Monitoring within CEPT was finalised. It entered into force on the first of July 2003. This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) provides the possibility for any Administration of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications (CEPT) to access and undertake satellite monitoring activities under the conditions of this MoU.

Due to the highly specialised and costly nature of satellite monitoring facilities, it is agreed that it is appropriate to establish a European common approach to make the satellite monitoring at Leeheim available to all CEPT administrations having signed this MoU. The aim of this Mou is to create a common understanding and to provide a cooperation among the signatories for attaining measurement results for their own purposes.

The original document had been signed by the participants in the MoU and the amendment was agreed upon and subsequently signed by all participants too. After that, the Sat Mon MoU Management Committee decided to amend the MoU in order to align the financial year as defined in the MoU with the calendar year. Although the official document will consist of two parts (the original MoU + amendement one), it has been decided to develop an integrated version for information purposes.

For more information on how to join the SAT MoU agreement, please contact the Chairman (see contact information below).

Luxembourg signature

Ms Odette Wagener signing the SAT MoU with the ECO assistance

SAT MoU signatory 

SAT MoU signatories (in blue) within the CEPT (2011)

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Contact information

Chairman Management Committee
Mr Frédéric Couturier
ANFR
78 avenue du Général de Gaulle
94704 Maisons Alfort
FRANCE
Tel:  +33 1 45 18 73 52
Fax: +33 1 45 18 73 09
email:  couturier@anfr.fr

Vice Chairman Management Committee

     

Mr Silvio Rubli
Zukunftstrasse 44
CH-2501 Biel-Bienne
SWITZERLAND
                                     

Tel:  +41 32 327 57 30
Fax: +41 32 327 56 66
email:  silvio.rubli@bakom.admin.ch

Secretariat MoU
Mrs Susanne Have
ECO
Nansensgade 19
DK-1366 Copenhagen
Denmark

Tel.   +45 33896317
Fax   +45 33896330
email: have@ero.dk

National technical contacts for the Satellite MoU

 

 

FRANCE:

Agence Nationale des Fréquences (ANFR)

Mr Frédéric Couturier

Chairman Management Committee

78 avenue du Général de Gaulle

94704 Maisons Alfort

FRANCE

Tel: +33 1 45 18 73 52

Fax: +33 1 45 18 73 09

E-mail: couturier@anfr.fr

 

 

GERMANY:

Bundesnetzagentur(BNetzA)

Mr Ralf Trautmann

Canisiusstr. 21

55122 Mainz

Germany

Tel. +49 61 31 18 54 19

Fax  +49 61 31 18 56 02

E-mail: ralf.trautmann @ bnetza.de

 

 

Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA)

Monitoring Earth Station Leeheim

Mr Klaus Mecher

Schusterwoerthstr. 171

64560 Riedstadt

Germany

Tel. +49 61 31 18 51 26

Fax  +49 61 58 94 01 80

E-mail: klaus.mecher @ bnetza.de

LUXEMBOURG: 

Regulatory Authority of Luxembourg (ILR)

Mr Roland Thurmes

L-2922 Luxembourg

The Luxembourg

Tel: +352 458 84524

Fax: +352 458 84588

E-mail: Roland.Thurmes@ilr.lu

 

 

 
 

THE NETHERLANDS: 

Radio Communications Agency (RA)

Mr Frans Hofsommer

Piet Mondriaanlaan 54

P.O. Box 1671

3800 BR Amersfoortt

The Netherlands

Tel: +31 334600728

Fax: +31 334600850

E-mail: frans.hofsommer@agentschaptelecom.nl

 

 

 
 

SPAIN: 

Secretaria de Estado de Telecomunicaciones y para la Sociedad de la Información (MITYC).

Dirección General de Telecomunicaciones
Mr. Angel Sanz-Yusta 

Capitán Haya 41

28071 Madrid

Spain

Tel: +34 91 346 15 76

E-mail  asanzy@mityc.es

 

SWITZERLAND: 

Office fédéral de la communication (OFCOM)

Head of Radio Monitoring

Mr Silvio Rubli

Vice-Chairman Management Committee

CH-2501 Biel-Bienne

Switzerland

Tel: +41 (0)32 327 57 30

Mobil: +41 (0)79 300 06 93

Fax:+ 41 (0)32 327 56 66

E-mail: silvio.rubli@bakom.admin.ch

 

THE UNITED KINGDOM: 

Office of Communication (Ofcom)

Steve Kennett

Riverside House

2a Southwark Bridge Road

London SE1 9HA

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 20 778 34 520

E-mail: steve.kennett@ofcom.org.uk

 

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