On 10 March 2010, ITU announced that its Radiocommunication
Sector had approved new standards for satellite services.
Fixed-satellite service (FSS)
The new Recommendation ITU–R S.1001-2 provides information
on the range of radio frequencies that can be used by fixed-satellite
service (FSS) systems for emergency and disaster relief operations.
These systems include fixed, very small aperture terminals (VSAT),
as well as vehicle-mounted and transportable Earth stations (VMES),
and they are extremely effective in providing emergency communications.
Using their data transmission capacity, FSS systems are also
valuable in providing early warnings of disasters.
Mobile-satellite service (MSS)
Recommendation ITU–R M.1854 provides information on the
range of radio frequencies for mobile-satellite service (MSS) systems.
This will enable them to handle a variety of functions, such as voice
and data communications, data collection and reporting from the
field, and providing information on geographical position.