A training workshop on Satellite Communications, as part of the Capacity Building partnership between the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), was held in Minsk, Belarus, during the period of 1-5 April 2019. The workshop facilitators were Mr. Alexander Klyucharev from ITU and Mr. Edward Kasule Musisi from ITSO respectively, bringing together combined expertise and extensive experience in international radio regulation, satellite orbital resource use and coordination and satellite communications.
The workshop’s objective was to provide participants with in-depth understanding of satellite communication systems, technologies and protocols, the ITU Radio Regulations and policy, regulatory and licensing guidelines for satellite services.
The topics of the workshop included: Basics of Satellite Communications; Policy and Regulatory Guidelines for Satellite Services; International Radio Regulations; Key Sector Institutions; Spectrum and Satellite Orbital Resources; Network Planning and Link Budget Analysis; Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) Installation and Maintenance; Satellite Equipment and Bandwidth Procurement and; World Radiocommunications Conference 2019 (WRC-19) preparation. The workshop also included a site visit to a satellite communication facility (the Ground Control Station of Belintersat-1 satellite).
The workshop was attended by 39 participants from six countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region and was hosted by the Ministry of Communication and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus and JSV “Giprosvjaz’’ (an organization in R&D and design and exploration under the Belarus Ministry of Communications).
ITSO (International Telecommunications Satellite Organization) is an intergovernmental organization with the mission to ensure that Intelsat S.A. provides public telecommunications services, including voice, data and video, on a global and non-discriminatory basis. Headquartered in Washington, DC., ITSO currently has 149 member countries. For more information, visit www.itso.int