Maritime mobile-satellite service

Maritime mobile-satellite service (MMSS, or maritime mobile-satellite radiocommunication service) is – according to Article 1.29 of the International Telecommunication Union's Radio Regulations (RR)[1] – "A mobile-satellite service in which mobile earth stations are located on board ships; survival craft stations and emergency position-indicating radiobeacon stations may also participate in this service", in addition to serving as navigation systems.

MMSS Inmarsat-3 satellite locations


This radiocommunication service is classified in accordance with ITU Radio Regulations (article 1) as follows:
Mobile service

Frequency allocationEdit

The allocation of radio frequencies is provided according to Article 5 of the ITU Radio Regulations (edition 2012).[2]

In order to improve harmonisation in spectrum utilisation, the majority of service-allocations stipulated in this document were incorporated in national Tables of Frequency Allocations and Utilisations which is with-in the responsibility of the appropriate national administration. The allocation might be primary, secondary, exclusive, and shared.

  • primary allocation: is indicated by writing in capital letters
  • secondary allocation: is indicated by small letters
  • exclusive or shared utilization: is within the responsibility of administrations
Example of frequency allocation
Allocation to services
Region 1      Region 2           Region 3     
SPACE OPERATION (space-to-Earth)
MOBILE-SATELLITE (space-to-Earth)
SPACE RESEARCH (space-to-Earth)
Mobile except aeronautical mobile (R)
Selection of MMSS stations

See alsoEdit

References / sourcesEdit

  1. ^ ITU Radio Regulations, Section IV. Radio Stations and Systems – Article 1.29, definition: maritime mobile service / maritime mobile radiocommunication service
  2. ^ ITU Radio Regulations, CHAPTER II – Frequencies, ARTICLE 5 Frequency allocations, Section IV – Table of Frequency Allocations