APSCO Geostationary Telecommunication Satellite Project (Telecommunication Satellite Project) was proposed by Iran and Mongolia in the Third Meeting of the Council, and the consensus on carrying on the Feasibility Study was reached. During the Fourth Meeting of the Council, the proposal on establishing the working group dedicated for above activity was adopted in principle. And in the Fifth Meeting of the Council, the plan for carrying on the activity was adopted.
The Telecommunication Satellite Project was aimed to define and develop the satellite to meet the requirement of the Member States.
1 The First Expert Group Meeting on the Feasibility Study of Telecommunication Satellite Project
The First Expert Group Meeting on the Feasibility Study of Telecommunication Satellite Project was held at APSCO Headquarter in Beijing, China from 10 to 14 November 2011. Ten delegates from five Member States of APSCO, namely Bangladesh, China, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan participated in the meeting.
At the beginning, APSCO expert presented the general introduction of the project¡¯s background, objective of the meeting, meeting plan and main topics to be discussed under feasibility study requirements, and also specifically an introduction on the Telecommunication Satellite Project.
In the presentation session, expert from Bangladesh, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan introduced their domestic telecommunication industries status and presented their available resource for APSCO project as well as their proposal on this project.
After discussion, all agreed that at this stage, it was well acknowledged that each individual Orbit Slots and Frequency (OS&F) resource proposed by Iran and Pakistan are not mature to be considered usable as regulatory procedures as per ITU requirements were still to be fulfilled. Slot hosting Member States was asked to elaborate the information on coverage, frequency bands, system capacity, status of coordination, and other necessary elements against their OS&F resources to APSCO Secretariat for further communication with all APSCO Member Sates. The interested Member States could then forward their requirements regarding their preferred OS&F to APSCO Secretariat. And APSCO Secretariat would pass on the requirements to relevant Slot hosting Member States to be included in their filings (if possible). Only after the information on the selected OS&F resource was passed on to the corresponding slot hosting Member States, would it start with the regulatory procedures with the ITU and would inform APSCO Secretariat of the status, as and when the relevant slot attained the higher priority and sufficient frequency coordination was achieved with the affected administrations making the OS&F usable.
It was also realized that more than one orbital slot might be enquired to cover all APSCO Member States.
All participating Member States agreed that proceeding further action on the feasibility study on this project should be subject to a clear conclusion on the usable orbit and frequency resources contributed by APSCO Member Sates. Thus the user requirements and objective cannot be defined and concluded at this stage. Therefore the topic of Telecommunication Satellite Project is agreed to be kept open until usable OS&F is identified (This does not necessarily mean that 100% coordination is achieved of their filings.) and needs of a number of Member States are matched. A meeting on this Topic shall be called when APSCO Secretariat verifies the above condition is met.