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OneWeb counters Jio’s claims of spectrum sale in Brazil

Bharti-backed low-earth orbit satellite operator OneWeb has told the telecom regulator that no spectrum has been auctioned for fixed satellite services (FSS) in Brazil, or is intended in Mexico, Thailand or Saudi Arabia.

OneWeb termed Reliance Jio’s claim that auction of spectrum for broadband-from-space services is rapidly gaining ground globally as misleading, escalating a fight between Jio and satellite companies over spectrum allocation.

“One submission claimed that spectrum auctions have been carried out or planned in several countries; however, the author of that submission, intentionally or not, is misinterpreting auctions of spectrum with domestic satellite orbital slots, ie, ITU (International Telecom Union) fillings from that administration for its geostationary satellites,” Christopher McLaughlin, chief of government, regulatory affairs and engagement at OneWeb Communications, said in a letter to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman PD Vaghela.

In a recent submission, Jio had told Trai that “administrative allocation is no longer the only mode of allocating spectrum to satellite and associated activities and auction of spectrum is being increasingly favoured across the world”. Newskoo

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