FCC Expands Space Access for IoT Support

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted a French satellite company permission to provide satellite-based connectivity services for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

According to a press release issued by the FCC, the company, Kinésis, proposed the deployment of a constellation of 25 small, low-Earth orbit satellites and was seeking permission from the FCC to offer its services in the U.S. market using frequencies of the non-voice, non-geostationary (NVNG) mobile-satellite service (MSS) and earth exploration-satellite service (EESS).

In an Order and Declaratory Ruling, the Commission granted Kinésis market access in the 399.9-400.05 MHz and 401-403 MHZ uplink bands, and the 400.15 401 MHz downlink band, subject to certain conditions. The approval is also subject to the outcome of future Commission proceedings, including its current proceeding on the growing concern over orbital debris.

Read the FCC’s press release announcing its approval of Kinésis’ satellite services.

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