These will be satellite systems in non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) – orbiting the Earth and tracked by satellite dishes – that can provide services including satellite broadband to homes and businesses in remote areas. Others in other words, those left behind by existing terrestrial networks
The two beneficiaries for the licenses - announced among the wider strategic documents - are Starlink and Telesat (see below).
Space spectrum strategy
As part of the renewed space spectrum strategy, Ofcom has a new licensing system for NGSOs in the UK. And, given the increased use of spectrum in the space sector, the company says it will provide adequate protection against harmful interference for Earth observation satellites and the UK earth stations that support them.