C-Band’s Outsized Impact on Satellite Services in Africa

Rapid advancements in satellite technology find diverse applications across various technological domains, from satellite navigation, communications, and mobile phones to weather observation, geology, and direct broadcasting. Despite using higher frequency bands in numerous satellite functions, the C-band is a prevalent choice. This article will explore the array of user applications within the C-band frequency spectrum and shed light on its favoured status, particularly in Africa.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a Nilesat 301 geostationary communications satellite, lifts off from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Source: Kennedy Space Centre

Understanding Satellite Signal Frequencies and Bands Satellite services transmit and receive signals within a wide range of frequencies, from 1 to 110 gigahertz (GHz). These frequencies are categorised into bands designated by a specific letter, from L-, S-, C-, X-, Ku-, K-, Ka-, O-, V- and W- bands, ordered from lower to higher frequencies. Among...

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