Satellites Operating in Brazil

Published: 18 Dec 2015

Last Updated: 18 Dec 2015

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 OperatorSatellitesBandOrbital Position / Purpose
Hispamar Satélites S.A.AMAZONAS-2 and a AMAZONAS-3 (Amazonas System)C, Ku, and Ka61.0º W / Radio and TV Broadcasting
AMAZONAS-4AKu (AP 30/30A)61.0º W / Radio and TV Broadcasting
SES DTH do Brasil LTDANSS - 806C, Ku and Ka48.0º W / TV Broadcasting
Star One S.A.BRASILSAT - B2C63.0º W / Telephone
BRASILSAT - B3C92.0º W / Telephone; Broadcasting
BRASILSAT - B4C84.0º W / Telephone and Data Backbone
STAR ONE C1C, X and Ku65.0º W / Broadcasting
STAR ONE C2C, X and Ku70.0º W / Broadcasting
STAR ONE C4Ku, Ku (AP 30/30A) 70.0º W / Broadcasting
STAR ONE C3C and Ku75.0º W / Broadcasting
HISPASAT - 1C (Acre; Amazonas; Mato Grosso; Rondônia; Roraima)Ku84.0º W / TV and Radio Broadcasting; Broadband Connection
Telesat Brasil Capacidade de Satélites LTDAESTRELA DO SUL 2Ku63.0º W / TV Broadcasting

Foreign geostationary satellites authorised by ANATEL for operating in Brazil:

Satellite OperatorLegal RepresentativeSatellitesBandOrbital Position
Inmarsat Solutions (Canada) INCOnixtel Comunicações LTDAINMARSAT - 3 AOR WESTL54.0º W / Global Communication
INMARSAT - 3 AOR EASTL15.5º W / Global Communication
Satcom Direct Capacidade SatelitalINMARSAT - 4 F3L98.0º W / Global Communication and Satellite Telephone
Telefonica International Wholesale Services Brasil LTDA
Competro Comunicações Holdings do Brasil LTDA
MorsviazsputnikMVS Brasil Satélotes LTDAINMARSAT - 3 AOR WESTL54.0º W / Global Communication
INMARSAT - 3 AOR EAST15.5º W / Global Communication
INMARSAT - 4 F398.0º W / Global Communication and Satellite Telephone
Inmarsat Solutions B.V.Tesacom do Brasil Comunicações LTDAINMARSAT - 3 AOR WESTL54.0º W / Global Communication
INMARSAT - 3 AOR EAST15.5º W / Global Communication
INMARSAT - 4 F398.0º W / Global Communication and Satellite Telephone
Telecom Italia S.p.AHoneywell Brasil Comercialização de Segmento Espacial LTDAINMARSAT - 3 AOR WESTL54.0º W / Global Communication
INMARSAT - 3 AOR EAST15.5º W / Global Communication
INMARSAT - 4 F398.0º W / Global Communication and Satellite Telephone
Astrium Services Government, INCHughes Telecomunicações do Brasil LTDAINMARSAT - 4 F3L98.0º W / Global Communication and Satellite Telephone
Astrium Services Business Communications SASArycom Capacidade Satelital LTDAINMARSAT - 3 AOR WESTL54.0º W / Global Communication
INMARSAT - 3 AOR EAST15.5º W / Global Communication
INMARSAT - 4 F398.0º W / Global Communication and Satellite Telephone
Inmarsat Global LimitedInmarsat Brasil LTDAGLOBAL XPRESSKa55.0º W / Broadband Connection
DirecTV Group, INCSKY Brasil Serviços LTDASPACEWAY - 1Ka102.885º W / TV Broadcasting
Eutelsat S/AEutelsat do Brasil LTDAEUTELSAT 12 West AKu12.5º W / Broadcasting; Broadband Connection;Telecommunications
EUTELSAT 8 West BKu8.0º W / Broadcasting; Broadband Connection; Telecommunications
EUTELSAT 3BC and Ka3º E / Data Broadband Connection; Telecommunications
Hispasat S/AHispasat Brasil LTDAHISPASAT- 1DKu30.0º W / Data and Broadcasting
Hispamar Satélites S.A.AMAZONAS 2C and Ku (AP 30B)61.0º W / Data and Broadcasting
Hispasat Brasil LTDAAMAZONAS 1Ku55.5º W / Broadcasting
Intelsat Brasil LTDA
Intelsat License LLCSKY Serviços de Banda Larga LTDAGALAXY 3CKu95.0º W / Broadcasting
Intelsat Brasil LTDAG-11Ku55.6º W / Broadcasting
GALAXY 28C and Ku89º W / Broadcasting
IS - 1RC and Ku50.0º W / Broadcasting
IS 10-02C1.0º W / Broadcasting
SKY Serviços de de Banda LargaIS - 11C and Ku43.1º W / Broadcasting
Intelsat Brasil LTDA
Intelsat Brasil LTDAIS - 14C45.0º W / Broadcasting
IS - 21C and Ku58.0º W / Broadcasting
IS - 23C53.0º W / Broadcasting
IS - 805C55.5º W / Broadcasting
IS - 901C18.0º W / Broadcasting
IS - 903C34.5º W / Broadcasting
IS - 905C24.5º W / Broadcasting
IS - 907C27.5º W / Broadcasting
IS - 34C and Ku55.5º W / Broadcasting
New Skies Satellites B.V.New Skies Satellites LTDANSS- 7C and Ku20º W / Broadcasting
SES - 4C and Ku22º W / Broadcasting
SES - 6C, Ku and C (AP 30B)40.5º W / Broadcasting
Satélites Mexicanos S.A. de C.V.Satmex do Brasil LTDAEUTELSAT 113 West AKu113.0º W / Broadcasting
SES Astra ABNew Skies Satellites LTDASES - 5C5º E / Broadcasting and Satellite Communication
SES Americom Inc.New Skies Satellites LTDAAMC - 12C37.5º W / Satellite Communication
Star One S/AStar One S/A
Skynet Satellite CorporationTelesat Brasil Capacidade de Satélotes LTDATELSTAR 12Ku15.0º W / Broadcasting
Telesat CanadaTelesat Brasil Capacidade de Satélites LTDAANIK G1C, Ku e X107,3 º W / Broadcasting

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Lucas Boechat

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