FCC approves LEO satellite application from French firm Kineis

22 Nov 2021

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted a petition from French satellite company Kineis to offer satellite services in the US market. As detailed in the company’s application, the proposed constellation of 25 small Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites would provide connectivity for IoT devices, as well as enhancements to maritime domain awareness through the monitoring of maritime communication.

Kineis petitioned the FCC for access to the US market using frequencies for non-voice, non-geostationary (NVNG) mobile-satellite service (MSS) and earth exploration satellite service (EESS) through a constellation of satellites that will be authorised by France. The US regulator has granted Kineis market access in the 399.9MHz-400.05MHz and 401MHz-403MHz uplink bands, and the 400.15MHz-401MHz downlink band, subject to certain conditions.

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