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Eutelsat IGO holds AGM

January 11, 2023

By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat’s Inter-governmental organisation is the supervising segment of Eutelsat which ensures that the satellite operator maintains its legal and Treaty obligations with respect to member signatory states. It recently held its AGM.

Eutelsat IGO ensures continuity of the rights to use radiofrequencies and orbital locations which were assigned collectively to the Member States and the Organisation by the International Telecommunication Union. Eutelsat IGO is an active contributing member of the international telecommunications and space communities.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the three below-named organisations in 2009, in which it was agreed, inter alia, that they would explore areas where the three satellite organisations could usefully co-operate and contribute to the development of the satellite industry. Since then, Tripartite Meetings have taken place annually and been hosted by each organisation in turn to discuss issues of common interest, relating to the respective companies that the three organisations oversee: Eutelsat S.A. (overseen by Eutelsat IGO), Inmarsat as well as Iridium (overseen by IMSO), and Intelsat (overseen by ITSO).

Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski, Executive Secretary of Eutelsat IGO, hosted in Paris the 13th annual Tripartite Meeting of the Heads of the Intergovernmental Satellite Organisations. The meeting was attended by Mr Patrick Masambu, DG/CEO of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO) and Captain Moin Ahmed, DG/CEO of the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO).

The Heads of the three organisations exchanged views on matters of common interests, taking into account their relationships with the Member States and with the satellite operators they oversee which are facing increased competition in a multi-operator environment. Given the importance of the issues at stake for the use of radio-frequency spectrum in the context of the preparation towards the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference in November-December 2023, each organisation agreed that efforts will be made to jointly monitor satellite and maritime matters which are currently under review in order to safeguard the interest of the global satellite and telecommunications communities and raise awareness around the need to have a global and harmonised regulatory framework. Taking into consideration their respective scope of interest both internationally and regionally, it was further discussed that the intergovernmental satellite or organisations will coordinate their efforts and participation in international forums, with the aim of optimising their engagement vis a vis their respective Member States, reducing costs and increasing efficiencies.

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