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Leading global satellite operators Intelsat, SES and Eutelsat have come together to propose a market-based approach for the future use of the lower C-band spectrum in the US.

satelliteops 12July2018The proposal is designed to establishes a commercial and technical framework that would enable terrestrial mobile operators to access quickly spectrum in the 3,700 to 4,200 MHz frequency band in the US and having the benefit of speeding the deployment of next-generation 5G services. C-band spectrum plays a key role in the US broadcasting ecosystem, delivering distribution of video and audio programming to more than 100 million households.

The proposal specifies the use of a consortium, which is 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 methodology for spectrum clearance, and serve as the sole interface for market-based transactions with parties interested in deploying terrestrial mobile services in specific portions of the C-band.

The companies say that the new proposal was developed in response to a proceeding initiated by US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and was designed to reflects what they call the ‘unique’ US telecommunications environment and aims to protect the quality and reliability of the extensive services provided by satellite operators in the C-band spectrum to U.S. broadcasters, media and data companies.
With Eutelsat joining the proposal originally initiated by Intelsat, Intel and SES, the three satellite operators say they will continue to work with customers, other stakeholders, and the FCC on the market-based proposal. Intelsat, SES and Eutelsat together claim a ‘substantial’ majority of the relevant satellite C-band spectrum in use in the US.

“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,” remarked Eutelsat CEO Rodolphe Belmer. “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.”

In a joint statement, Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler and SES president and CEO Steve Collar said: “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. 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 U.S. goal of accelerating the 5G era.”