OneWeb backs SpaceX in the dispute over the 12GHz frequency

In the fight over accessing the 12GHz radio spectrum for 5G and satellite internet services, OneWeb has joined SpaceX.

OneWeb is developing an enterprise-focused version of SpaceX’s high-speed satellite internet service.

In light of this, the corporation urged the Federal Communication Commission in a document to deny a proposal to allow ground-based 5G to operate in the 12GHz range.

OneWeb stated in the filing:

This OneWeb study clearly illustrates that [satellite internet] operators would not be able to deploy user terminals in the proximity of a typical urban or suburban macro-cell base station deployment without receiving harmful interference… The MVDSS (12GHz for 5G) proponents have no history of building out real networks and instead are focused on lobbying the Commission for an unparalleled spectrum windfall based on deeply flawed technical studies without any corresponding benefit to unconnected Americans.

Dish Network and the 12GHz for 5G consortium did, however, have some intriguing things to say about the filing.

The study released today by OneWeb is another in-house, non-independent effort to discredit the scientifically proven feasibility of coexistence in the 12 GHz band. It is important to note that the FCC has already made it clear that any NGSO FSS company utilizing the 12 GHz band is doing so at its own risk and there should be no expectation of exclusivity within the band. The 5G for 12GHz Coalition remains committed to working with the FCC and stakeholders to reach a win-win solution for the American people. We will continue to pursue the facts that prove coexistence is possible in the band and advance the public interest.

Dish has already attempted to play down concerns that their 12GHz plans would have a negative impact on people who use satellite internet.

Dish claims that OneWeb and SpaceX are now allegedly engaged in a public disinformation effort through the 5G for 12 Ghz group. The group cites alternate research that indicates there won’t be any problems with their intentions to use the 12GHz radio spectrum and that the two uses can coexist.