Collin Arocho
31 March 2021

British satellite communications expert Inmarsat has filed a lawsuit against the Dutch government. The company is seeking an injunction by the Dutch civil court in a challenge to the government’s National Frequency Plan, which would see the 3.5 GHz spectrum auctioned off to telecom companies for use in 5G. According to the London-based company, which uses this spectrum for its maritime safety services, the forced changeover to another frequency is completely unnecessary because both can operate together within the spectrum band in question – citing unnamed technical studies proving that coexistence between satellite services and 5G telecommunications is possible. Additionally, should Inmarsat be forced to change spectrum, the company is also challenging the timeline, as laid out by the Dutch government, as “unrealistic and will require a long transitional term to carry out the wholly avoidable move.”