Draft Satellite Ground Station Policy Out for Consultation

St Helena Government, with support from AB5 Consulting, are developing a Satellite Ground Station Policy for the licencing of Permanent Earth Stations (PES) and Receive Only Earth Stations (ROES) on St Helena. The draft Policy is available at: www.sainthelena.gov.sh/government/public-consultation/.

The work is to support the development of the Satellite Ground Station sector, which is an export sector with growth potential identified in St Helena’s Sustainable Economic Development Plan 2018-2028.

The Licencing Requirements outlined within the draft Policy are not planned to apply to small satellite receivers for domestic use, VSATs, nor antennas on moving platforms of any type (e.g. those used by ships, aeroplanes, vehicles and satellite phones). There are also proposed exemptions where uses are for broadcasting, aeronautical services, purposes associated with the navigation of ships or the safety of shipping, scientific or experimental purposes, or uses on behalf of the Crown, as is presided upon by St Helena’s Telecommunications Ordinance.

The Licencing Requirements outlined within the draft Policy are planned to apply to commercial and non-commercial ground station activities and amateur VHF radio users, amongst other applications. If you are an existing licence holder or potential licence holder, we are particularly keen to hear your views on the draft Policy. 

The consultation on the draft Policy will run for a period of four weeks ending on 27 December 2019.

If you would like to respond to this consultation, please do so through our online survey at: surveymonkey.com/r/St-Helena-Earth-Stations-Consultation or respond to Chief Economist, Nicole Shamier, via email: nicole.shamier@sainthelena.gov.sh by the above deadline.

Furthermore, if you would be interested in attending a workshop relating to this consultation, or would like a hard copy of the document, please contact Nicole by email or by calling the Castle on tel: 22470.

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29 November 2019

St Helena Government Press Office

Telephone: 22470
Email: liam.yon@sainthelena.gov.sh