12 July 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Global satellite operators, Intelsat, SES and Eutelsat, are working together on a market-based proposal for future use of the lower C-band spectrum in the US.
The original proposal was started by Intelsat, SES and Intel
– making Eutelsat the newest addition to the
"We are pleased to be joining this
proposal which aims to create fair conditions for the shared
use of C-band with mobile operators in the U.S. while
protecting the quality of services provided to our customers
over the long term," said Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat. "By
joining this collaborative process, we will be able to advance
our interests and those of our clients and contribute to the
momentum of the initiative."
The proposal was developed in response to a proceeding by
the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Contained within
the proposal is a commercial and technical framework that would
enable terrestrial mobile operators to quickly access spectrum
in the 3,700 to 4,200MHz band in the US accelerating the
deployment of next-gen 5G services.
In addition, the proposal specifies the use of a consortium
open to all satellite operators delivering services in the
C-band downlink frequencies in any part of the lower 48 United
States. The consortium will oversee the governance of the
initiative, define and implement the procedure for spectrum
clearance, and serve as the single interface for market-based
transactions with parties interested in deploying terrestrial
mobile services in specific portions of the C-band.
"We are pleased to have Eutelsat join Intelsat and SES in
this endeavour, demonstrating that the industry is able to
unite, collaborate and fully implement our market-driven
proposal," said Stephen Spengler, CEO of Intelsat and Steve
Collar, president and CEO of SES. "Our solution is the only one
which will maintain the high quality of the hundreds of
incumbent services operating in the C-band today, protect the
significant investments in space and ground infrastructure
delivering these crucial services while also supporting the US
goal of accelerating the 5G era."
With Eutelsat joining the initiative the three satellite
operators will continue to work with the FCC, customers and
other stakeholders on the proposal. The next phase of
development will start with the FCC’s planned
adoption of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking due to take place
12 July 2018.