Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Nissan Receives License to Transmit/Receive Digital Video, Audio, and Data

On September 05, 2006, the FCC granted Nissan a satellite earth station license to transmit and receive digital video, audio, and data in the Ku Band. The uplink is at 14000-14500 MHz. The downlink is at 11700-12200 MHz. It is too early to tell if this has anything to do with satellite radio. The frequencies are more compatible with Sirius than XM, but it may just be routine communications to satellites. My guess is that it has something to do with the arrangement with XM. They will operate the Vertex 2.4m DPVK antenna from their Rutherford, Smyrna, TN location. Any other guesses as to what they might be up to?

There's not much out there on this. It is clear that this has nothing to do directly with the broadcast of satellite radio nor the communication to the satellite radio provider satellites. However, this is precisely the data one would expect Nissan to communicate to a satellite provider if they offered bandwidth to Nissan. I see no evidence that XM uses anything on the above frequencies. Sirius on the other hand does operate an 8.1M Vertex antenna operating in these frequencies at their Vernon, NJ facility. Just this past August, Sirius applied for a licence to operate a 7.6 M Andrew antenna in the same frequencies. I don't think any of this is related to the above application by Nissan. In fact, the stated reason by Sirius was to use it as a hub for delivering audio programming to the terrestrial network. My guess is that if it has anything at all to do with satellite radio, it is for delivering content to XM and that XM made bandwidth commitments to Nissan as part of the deal. As of yet, there is no proof that any of this has to do with satellite radio.

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