An Equitable and Efficient Use of Outer Space and Its Resources and the Role of the UN, the ITU and States Parties
The development of satellite constellations and large infrastructures has been coming the last few years. Although this advancement provides for a myriad of technological developments, private initiatives and opportunities, it also provides governments, institutions and private actors with regulatory and legal challenges.
The introduction of satellite constellations and infrastructures provides for different challenges of a various nature. This chapter focuses on the link between the legal regimes of telecommunications and the use of outer space in relation to satellite constellations. It explores how the scarcity of frequencies, which is a topic that is traditionally affiliated to (national and international) telecommunications law, will be a very relevant topic in relation to the advent of satellite constellations and space-law-related topics. It also raises the question how the role of administrations and supranational organisations can be filled in the light of these recent developments, and it attempts to address a couple of current issues at hand.