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January 22, 2020

The importance of sharing spectrum: OneWeb’s Ruth Pritchard-Kelly (VIDEO)

by ITU News

With the increasing number of next-generation technologies, the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) remains relevant as the convener of global discussions around the fair and equitable sharing of spectrum as well as spectrum allocation, said Ruth Pritchard-Kelly, Vice-President of Regulatory Affairs at OneWeb, at the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19).

OneWeb will be a new global constellation of satellites that aims to provide high speed broadband to anywhere in the world, be that on land, a plane or ship.

As a finite natural resource, the importance of sharing spectrum between satellites, terrestrial wireless technologies and new technologies is vitally important for the continued delivery of next-generation broadband, said Pritchard-Kelly.

“No one technology is going to do everything, so don’t focus only on the terrestrial delivery for your mobile phones – remember they need to backhaul via our satellites,” she said.

Thanks to a shift in manufacturing techniques, the new generation of satellites make them truly competitive and viable means to deliver broadband around the world.

A number of satellite systems were proposed at WRC-19, each slightly different to the other, but the end goal is the same, said Pritchard-Kelly: “that is to connect everyone, everywhere, no matter how remote.”

Watch the full interview below:

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The importance of sharing spectrum: OneWeb's Ruth Pritchard-Kelly (VIDEO)

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