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Brazil invites bids for satellite rights

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Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) has launched a public invitation to confer the exploitation rights for the Brazilian satellite orbital position 45 degrees West and the use of associated radio frequencies.

The invitation is open for companies, individually or as part of a consortium, constituted under Brazilian law and with headquarters and administration in the country. The deadline for submissions of interest is 30 days. The right to exploit the satellite shall be granted for a period of 15 years, renewable once.

The satellite should use the S and KA bands, frequencies between 17.7 and 20.2 GHz for the descent link, and between 27 and 30 GHz for the rise. Other bands may be used with approval from Anatel. At least 25% of the capacity of the satellite will have to be used for the provision of services in Brazil.

Anatel has urgency. Brazil may lose its position. This is because it has made a commitment to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to put a satellite there, or at least start the procedures for the occupation, later this year. If it does not do so, the international organization responsible for determining geostationary satellite positions may review the authorization for the country to explore the point.

Also read published on Anatel’s website, here.