SpaceX is allowed to offer its satellite internet service SpaceX again in France. After a public consultation, the frequency authority ARCEP issued new frequency decisions, which are initially valid until May 2032. They allow the operation of Starlink satellite modems and Starlink ground stations for connection to the Internet. ARCEP announced this last week.
The new decisions were necessary because France’s highest administrative court, the Conseil d’État, revoked Starlink’s radio licenses in April because they were illegally awarded. Two anti-radio organizations had fought Starlink’s frequency usage permits and found a procedural flaw: ARCEP had not conducted a public consultation.
Procedural error corrected
The authority has now corrected this negligence. The consultation generated over 2,000 contributions. ARCEP reports that they highlighted Starlink’s positive contribution to connecting previously unserved or underserved areas with broadband Internet.
Starlink can now use the 1.75 GHz bandwidth of 10.95-12.70 GHz to transmit data from satellites to customers’ receivers. Half a GHz of 14-14.5 GHz is available to customers for uploading (ARCEP Decision 2022-1102). The ground stations are allowed to transmit 1.6 GHz (17.7-19.3 GHz) or half a GHz (29.5-30 GHz) wide (Decisions 2022-1169, 2022-1170, 2022-1171). However, SpaceX expressly has no claim to frequency exclusivity or omission of interference from third parties, and may not itself interfere with other legal radio users.
Starlink currently has almost half a million subscribers worldwide. They are served internet access by 1,796 Starlink satellites. Another 573 satellites in the constellation are in reserve or on the way to orbit. In total, SpaceX has launched 2,651 Starlink satellites since May 2019 (“Launch 1”), almost every eighth of which has already been eliminated.
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