SpaceX is all set to send another batch of Starlink Satellites to provide fast internet service to all locations on earth through satellite from earth’s orbit, however, the company is facing some hurdles back on the ground owing to spectrum issues.
12 GHz Spectrum Conflict Between Dish and SpaceX
The various internet providers like Dish Networks intend to use the same spectrum for launching the ground to ground 5G services, the bandwidth which SpaceX plans to use for its satellite internet. Another rival, RS Access LLC is also in the race for the same bandwidth.
FCC to make the much important decision
The FCC is still in the ‘decision-making’ mode for the assignment of spectrum and determining how to use the bandwidth for internet services. Federal Communications Commission would look for a way to comply with everyone’s need and allocate spectrum in a prudent manner to the ground 5G internet of Satellite-Space based internet.
12GHz spectrum must for SpaceX Starlink internet project
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The Spectrum conflict is a big hurdle for Elon Musk’s ambitious project, and he would face political roadblocks in the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket, that would carry 57 satellites for the Starlink Project. Even though the ambitious and highly futuristic project has overcome the technological challenges, the spectrum fight on the ground can play foul in Musk’s dream.
SpaceX wants 12 GHz Spectrum to be used for satellite-based services only
The same 12 GHz spectrum is highly required for the Starlink services as petitioned by SpaceX and asking FCC not opening the bandwidth for 5G and keep it only for satellite-based services.
Space Analysts say that the decision by FCC would “be a really interesting signal to investors and everyone else about where they should place their bets going forward”.
High-Speed Internet demand grows across the globe
Dish network and other rivals are in the fight for spectrum as more and more companies try to fulfill the demand for the high-speed broadband internet for their consumers. FCC is looked upon to take any action on the matter as Dish has been looking since 2016 to open the 12GHZ spectrum for mobile broadband internet rather than exclusively for satellite internet services.