Draft Report on Satellite Connectivity for Universal Service

Document number: BoR (22) 99

Document date: 15.06.2022

Date of registration: 15.06.2022

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Author: BEREC

During the 51st BEREC plenary meeting (9-10 June 2022), the Board of Regulators has approved the “Draft Report on Satellite Connectivity for Universal Service”  for public consultation.

This Report is structured as follows:

  • Chapter 1 sets out some relevant background, observing that Satcom solutions may contribute to Universal Service.
  • Chapter 2 provides an overview of relevant Satcom solutions and key important aspects such as pricing, service quality, expected role in the market, available satellite capacity and demand as well as important regulatory considerations.
  • Chapter 3 provides an overview of the results of the questionnaire on the subject which was addressed to all BEREC Members and Participants without voting rights. This chapter provides some information on how the Satcom solutions for Universal Service is considered in some European countries.
  • Chapter 4 sets out BEREC’s preliminary position namely, that there are a number of regulatory issues having a national dimension, which supports a case-by-case approach to Satcom solutions for Universal Service.

BEREC would welcome stakeholder’s views in relation to any of the material presented in the Report, as well as any feedback on any other relevant considerations / emerging issues that should be identified.  The final Report is intended to give interested parties a brief overview of the current thinking in BEREC on the use of Satcom for USO.  BEREC looks forward to informing itself of developments in the sector so that European consumers can benefit from relevant types of connectivity solutions.

Practical details of the public consultation

The public consultation will run from 15 June 2022 to 15 August 2022.

All stakeholders are invited to submit their contributions to the following e-mail address: [email protected] .

Further enquiries about the consultation may also be submitted to this address.

After submitting the contribution, an acknowledgment email will be sent to you.

Contributions should be sent preferably in English and, in order to facilitate processing of the responses, the comments provided should clearly refer to particular chapters and sections of the document.

We strongly encourage all stakeholders to submit their contributions as early as possible. Contributions received after the above mentioned deadline will not be taken into account.

In accordance with the BEREC policy on public consultations, BEREC will publish a summary of all received contributions, respecting confidentiality requests. Any such requests should clearly indicate which information is considered confidential.