Satellites Operating in Brazil

ANATEL is the agency responsible for issuing the authorisation for using satellite communications inside Brazilian territory

ANATEL is the agency responsible for issuing the authorisation for using satellite communications inside Brazilian territory. In this article, we will list the satellites authorised by ANATEL to serve Brazil.

The authorisation for using satellites in Brazilian territory, both national and foreign, is issued by ANATEL, which has a few requirements, especially regarding the frequency bandwidth and signal properties.

Any company or entity that might be interested in using a Brazilian satellite must be constituted according to Brazilian laws, with offices and management in the country. As long as it is valid, the authorisation is provided as a title of responsibility for the owner, which means that the operation must be entirely managed by them.

ANATEL regulates the use of the bands Ku and Ka in any satellite covering the national territory through specific directives. The Ku band satellites must operate in the frequency bandwidths of 10.95 to 11.20 GHz, 11.45 to 12.20 GHz and 13.75 to 14.5 GHz. The Ka band must operate in the frequency bandwidths of 27 to 30 GHz, and 17.7 to 20.2 GHz.

The satellites usually have global coverage, and due to their positioning in orbit they tend to service Europe, Africa and the Americas. All the satellites specified in the tables below have full coverage of the national territory, unless specified.

The GPS system is a global system which operates through North-American regulations, and it is authorised to provide location services worldwide by agreements and specific directives from ITU, the International Telecommunication Union.

Authorised Satellites for Operating in Brazil

ANATEL has on their website a list of the satellites authorised for operation, including their specific licenses published by the agency. The agency has also issued authorisation for several satellites which are still to be launched, most of them without an expected start date. Below, we have listed the satellites that have already launched and are operational, including their main features.

Geostationary satellites authorised inside the Brazilian operational space:

Satellite Operator Satellites Band Orbital Position / Purpose
Hispamar Satélites S.A. AMAZONAS-2 and a AMAZONAS-3 (Amazonas System) C, Ku, and Ka 61.0º W / Radio and TV Broadcasting
AMAZONAS-4A Ku (AP 30/30A) 61.0º W / Radio and TV Broadcasting
SES DTH do Brasil LTDA NSS - 806 C, Ku and Ka 48.0º W / TV Broadcasting
Star One S.A. BRASILSAT - B2 C 63.0º W / Telephone
BRASILSAT - B3 C 92.0º W / Telephone; Broadcasting
BRASILSAT - B4 C 84.0º W / Telephone and Data Backbone
STAR ONE C1 C, X and Ku 65.0º W / Broadcasting
STAR ONE C2 C, X and Ku 70.0º W / Broadcasting
STAR ONE C4 Ku, Ku (AP 30/30A) 70.0º W / Broadcasting
STAR ONE C3 C and Ku 75.0º W / Broadcasting
HISPASAT - 1C (Acre; Amazonas; Mato Grosso; Rondônia; Roraima) Ku 84.0º W / TV and Radio Broadcasting; Broadband Connection
Telesat Brasil Capacidade de Satélites LTDA ESTRELA DO SUL 2 Ku 63.0º W / TV Broadcasting

Foreign geostationary satellites authorised by ANATEL for operating in Brazil:

Satellite Operator Legal Representative Satellites Band Orbital Position
Inmarsat Solutions (Canada) INC Onixtel Comunicações LTDA INMARSAT - 3 AOR WEST L 54.0º W / Global Communication
INMARSAT - 3 AOR EAST L 15.5º W / Global Communication
Satcom Direct Capacidade Satelital INMARSAT - 4 F3 L 98.0º W / Global Communication and Satellite Telephone
Telefonica International Wholesale Services Brasil LTDA
Competro Comunicações Holdings do Brasil LTDA
Morsviazsputnik MVS Brasil Satélotes LTDA INMARSAT - 3 AOR WEST L 54.0º W / Global Communication
INMARSAT - 3 AOR EAST 15.5º W / Global Communication
INMARSAT - 4 F3 98.0º W / Global Communication and Satellite Telephone
Inmarsat Solutions B.V. Tesacom do Brasil Comunicações LTDA INMARSAT - 3 AOR WEST L 54.0º W / Global Communication
INMARSAT - 3 AOR EAST 15.5º W / Global Communication
INMARSAT - 4 F3 98.0º W / Global Communication and Satellite Telephone
Telecom Italia S.p.A Honeywell Brasil Comercialização de Segmento Espacial LTDA INMARSAT - 3 AOR WEST L 54.0º W / Global Communication
INMARSAT - 3 AOR EAST 15.5º W / Global Communication
INMARSAT - 4 F3 98.0º W / Global Communication and Satellite Telephone
Astrium Services Government, INC Hughes Telecomunicações do Brasil LTDA INMARSAT - 4 F3 L 98.0º W / Global Communication and Satellite Telephone
Astrium Services Business Communications SAS Arycom Capacidade Satelital LTDA INMARSAT - 3 AOR WEST L 54.0º W / Global Communication
INMARSAT - 3 AOR EAST 15.5º W / Global Communication
INMARSAT - 4 F3 98.0º W / Global Communication and Satellite Telephone
Inmarsat Global Limited Inmarsat Brasil LTDA GLOBAL XPRESS Ka 55.0º W / Broadband Connection
DirecTV Group, INC SKY Brasil Serviços LTDA SPACEWAY - 1 Ka 102.885º W / TV Broadcasting
Eutelsat S/A Eutelsat do Brasil LTDA EUTELSAT 12 West A Ku 12.5º W / Broadcasting; Broadband Connection;Telecommunications
EUTELSAT 8 West B Ku 8.0º W / Broadcasting; Broadband Connection; Telecommunications
EUTELSAT 3B C and Ka 3º E / Data Broadband Connection; Telecommunications
Hispasat S/A Hispasat Brasil LTDA HISPASAT- 1D Ku 30.0º W / Data and Broadcasting
Hispamar Satélites S.A. AMAZONAS 2 C and Ku (AP 30B) 61.0º W / Data and Broadcasting
Hispasat Brasil LTDA AMAZONAS 1 Ku 55.5º W / Broadcasting
Intelsat Brasil LTDA
Intelsat License LLC SKY Serviços de Banda Larga LTDA GALAXY 3C Ku 95.0º W / Broadcasting
Intelsat Brasil LTDA G-11 Ku 55.6º W / Broadcasting
GALAXY 28 C and Ku 89º W / Broadcasting
IS - 1R C and Ku 50.0º W / Broadcasting
IS 10-02 C 1.0º W / Broadcasting
SKY Serviços de de Banda Larga IS - 11 C and Ku 43.1º W / Broadcasting
Intelsat Brasil LTDA
Intelsat Brasil LTDA IS - 14 C 45.0º W / Broadcasting
IS - 21 C and Ku 58.0º W / Broadcasting
IS - 23 C 53.0º W / Broadcasting
IS - 805 C 55.5º W / Broadcasting
IS - 901 C 18.0º W / Broadcasting
IS - 903 C 34.5º W / Broadcasting
IS - 905 C 24.5º W / Broadcasting
IS - 907 C 27.5º W / Broadcasting
IS - 34 C and Ku 55.5º W / Broadcasting
New Skies Satellites B.V. New Skies Satellites LTDA NSS- 7 C and Ku 20º W / Broadcasting
SES - 4 C and Ku 22º W / Broadcasting
SES - 6 C, Ku and C (AP 30B) 40.5º W / Broadcasting
Satélites Mexicanos S.A. de C.V. Satmex do Brasil LTDA EUTELSAT 113 West A Ku 113.0º W / Broadcasting
SES Astra AB New Skies Satellites LTDA SES - 5 C 5º E / Broadcasting and Satellite Communication
SES Americom Inc. New Skies Satellites LTDA AMC - 12 C 37.5º W / Satellite Communication
Star One S/A Star One S/A
Skynet Satellite Corporation Telesat Brasil Capacidade de Satélotes LTDA TELSTAR 12 Ku 15.0º W / Broadcasting
Telesat Canada Telesat Brasil Capacidade de Satélites LTDA ANIK G1 C, Ku e X 107,3 º W / Broadcasting

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