Arcep gives its green light to Starlink, the fixed satellite Internet access for billionaire Elon Musk. The administrative authority specifies the frequencies allocated for the operation of this service, with the aim of reducing white zones in the world.
Space X, the aerospace company of entrepreneur and billionaire Elon Musk, has just received the green light from the Arcep to offer Starlink in France. The French telecom police force has announced that it has granted an authorization to use frequencies in the framework of this project, which will enable it to offer broadband connectivity thanks to satellites grouped together in a constellation called Starlink. Hence the name of the service, whose stated objective is, let’s not forget, to reduce white zones around the world.
“The authorization issued by the Arcep does not exempt from the issuance of other authorizations required for the establishment of radio stations (declarations to the National Frequencies Agency, urban planning authorizations),” however, stresses the administrative authority.
Several frequency bands
According to the Arcep, the Starlink service will thus be able to use the 10.95-12.70 GHz frequency band (space-to-Earth direction) and 14-14.5 GHz (Earth-to-space direction) for satellite dish type user terminals. These frequencies are used to transmit the signal from the satellite to the user terminal.
The service also uses the 17.8-19.3 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 27.5-30.0 GHz (Earth-to-space) bands for gateways, which are essential to the operation of the network. These frequencies will allow the satellite to connect to the terrestrial network. “Three stations have thus been authorized,” says the Arcep.