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Satellite Capacity: KA-Band

The Ka band is part of the K band of the microwave band of the electromagnetic spectrum. This symbol refers to "K-above" — in other words, the band directly above the K-band. The Ka band uplink uses frequencies between 27.5GHz and 31Ghz and the downlink uses frequencies between 18.3 and 18.8Ghz and between 19.7 and 20.2Ghz. Ka band satellites usually transmit using more power than C band satellites, although C band dishes are bigger than Ka band satellites. Ka band dishes range from 2 feet to 5 feet in diameter.

SpaceCom is in the final planning stages for the deployment of KA Band product offerings, expected to be deployed in early 2011. The first regions to be served by KA Band capacity are:

  • Middle East
  • Asia