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New ITU standards for satellite communications in emergencies
mobile broadband
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“ The new standards will facilitate early warning, rapid response and relief operations in the event of natural disasters. We have also created an online database of the frequencies and frequency bands (provided by administrations) that are now available for use by satellite systems in emergencies. ”

Valery Timofeev,
Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau

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.


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