C-band


SES adds C-band windfall to outlook, sees broadcast revenues drop

Satellite operator SES has included guidance on its expected C-band relocation windfall in the US in its quarterly results for the first time, with proceeds from the US$3.97 billion in accelerated payments now included in its financial projections. SES said that full execution of transition plan underway following unanimous election to accelerate clearing by satellite […]

SES taps Harmonic for upgrades for C-band transition

Satellite operator SES has turned to technology outfit Harmonic for technology upgrades associated with the C-band transition plan filed with the US FCC in June. Harmonic said the pair would work together to fast-track the deployment, to free up spectrum for 5G while enabling SES’s C-band customers to maintain the quality and resilience of video […]

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 joins SES and Intelsat in US C-band initiative

Satellite operators Eutelsat has teamed up with SES and to make a “market-based proposal” for the use of the lower C-band spectrum in the US. Eutelsat has agreed to joint the initiative initially proposed by Intelsat, Intel and SES to protect the quality and reliability of satellite operators using the C-band spectrum to serve broadcasters, […]

WBU warns of threats to C-band

The World Broadcast Union (WBU) has warned that continued access to the C-band by broadcasters is under increasing threat from terrestrial and mobile services licensed to operate on adjacent frequencies. Broadcasters are reporting interference of such services with the fragile signals received from geostationary satellites, according to the organisation. The WBU, whose membership includes European public broadcasters organisation the EBU, has […]

SES and Intelsat move to protect C-band with joint plan

Satellite operators SES and Intelsat have teamed up to propose the joint use of C-band capacity by satellite and terrestrial mobile operators in the US to the FCC. The operators want to the array of established satellite services in the 3700-4200 MHz C-band downlink spectrum while opening a specified portion of that spectrum for terrestrial […]

SES hails WRC-15 decision on C-band

Satellite operator SES has welcomed what it says is a recognition by the just-concluded WRC-15 conference in Geneva of the continued importance of satellite communications by protecting some of the key spectrum used for satellite. The satellite industry had lobbied heavily for protection of C-band capacity in the run up to WRC-15, and the conference […]

CETel teams up with Arabsat for Africa C-band initiative

Teleport operator CETel has teamed up with Middle East satellite operator Arabsat to build a joint earth station for C-band services in Africa. The agreement covers the use of CETel’s teleport facilities, network and broadband services as well as solution design across Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia for C-band use on Arabsat’s […]

Eutelsat chief warns of dire consequences of C-band reallocation

Eutelsat CEO Michel de Rosen has warned African states that they face serious consequences if C-band spectrum is reallocated to mobile operators. De Rosen, speaking at an African Telecommunication Union (ATU) event in Nigeria in preparation for November’s World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva, said that the C-band is widely used to provide vital services, including […]