I spend most of my day evaluating the various coordination proposals that are sent to us by other satellite operators or ITU administrations, determining if such proposal(s) should be accepted or a counterproposal should be devised. I also generate coordination proposals for other operators to consider as part of our overall effort to complete as many (ITU) required coordinations as we can. The ultimate goal is to reach operating agreements with as many operators as we can so that ABS can operate its satellites to their full capability and enable ABS to operate at another, as yet undeveloped, future orbital slot with the highest level of power. Frequency coordination is a very time-consuming and intensive task.
A lesser part of my day is typically devoted to supporting the Business Development group, such as evaluating spectrum availability in various frequency bands from a coordination risk perspective or evaluating proposals that they have received from or wish to propose to other operators. For example, another operator may have pitched a joint venture proposal to our Business Development group to develop one of their orbital locations with an existing satellite or a future satellite; and I try to determine the geographic area in which we can provide service to and from that orbital location and the power level that such service can be provided once the operation of all the other nearby satellite operators are considered.
I also provide support to the Sales team directly as well as through the Capacity Management group to evaluate compliance with our coordination agreements with adjacent operators. This support, in some cases, will also require us to determine if a party causing interference is operating in accordance with our agreements or not.