C-Band Alliance


C-band plan presents risks and rewards for satellite operators

Satellite operators with C-band rights stand to share about US$9.7 billion (€8.9 billion) to clear 300MHz of spectrum for reallocation to 5G mobile under proposals outlined by the FCC at the end of last week – which places the allocation in the middle of expectations about how much the operators stood to gain.   Analysts […]

Satellite operators cut out as FCC decides on public C-Band auction

The US FCC has unveiled plans to hold a public auction of the C-band spectrum currently used by satellite operators in a move that attracted immediate criticism from the C-band Alliance (CBA), the group comprising satellite players Intelsat, SES and Telesat that had lobbied for a private sale of spectrum.  FCC chairman Ajit Pai said […]

Eutelsat quits C-band Alliance

Satellite operator Eutelsat has quit the C-Band Alliance, the organisation set up to oversee the clearing and repurposing of C-band spectrum to make a portion of this band available for 5G services in the US. Eutelsat said it still wished to take a direct active part in the discussions on C-band clearing and repurposing. Tensions have […]

SES hit by declining video business

Satellite operator SES last week reported first half revenues of €961.4 million, down 5.1% at constant currency, with video revenues plummeting by 9.9% to €658.5 million in what the company admitted was a “challenging” market for video services. EBITDA was €584.5 million, down 8.4% at constant currency. Despite the headline figures, CEO Steve Collar described […]

C-Band Alliance offers 80% more spectrum for US 5G deployment

The C-Band Alliance (CBA) has announced that up to 200 MHz of mid-band spectrum could be cleared to support 5G wireless deployment in the US. In an updated proposal to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the CBA increased the amount of spectrum that could be made available for 5G terrestrial use by 80% compared […]

Satellite giants partner to drive US 5G access

Leading global satellite operators Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat and Telesat have created a consortium called the C-Band Alliance, or CBA, which they believe could open up new spectrum for 5G services. Focused on the US, the four partners claim that the formation of the CBA “demonstrates the industry alignment necessary to make mid-band spectrum available quickly, […]