Omnispace cleared to bring S-band satcoms to Brazil

Omnispace cleared to bring S-band satcoms to Brazil

Global communications provider Omnispace has announced that Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) has approved its subsidiary Omnispace Comunicações Brasil Ltda’s request to operate its non-geostationary satellite (NGSO) system nationwide.

This actually happened in December 2023, but has apparently only just been announced.

After conducting a public consultation and technical reviews, ANATEL determined that Omnispace meets the requirements to utilise the S-band (1980-2010 MHz / 2170-2200 MHz) in line with the ITU Radio Regulations global Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) allocation and the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) n256 band specifications.

This mean that Omnispace now has market access to reach more than 735 million people across Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Together with partners that have spectrum access in 3GPP 5G non-terrestrial network (NTN) bands, Omnispace says it is poised to deliver access in all major international markets as part of a next generation global 5G NGSO system.

Since 2019, Omnispace Comunicações Brasil has demonstrated its NGSO MSS and IoT capabilities on its current system through a series of experimental licenses in Brazil. It has also conducted vehicle tracking and Internet of Things (IoT) pilot projects in the state of São Paulo to test direct-to-device (D2D) communications.

Omnispace says it is the first company to successfully conduct mobile satellite tests in the S-band in Brazil and will now be the first satellite operator licensed in Brazil for this band with an operational system.

The company says it is “uniting the simplicity of mobile roaming with the scope of satellite to create the world’s first truly global 5G network”. It plans to offer enhanced 3GPP standards-based 5G non-terrestrial network (NTN) global, mobile direct-to-device connectivity.


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