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 […]

Intelsat CFO announces retirement

Intelsat’s chief financial officer, Jacques Kerrest, has announced plans to retire after staying on through the spring until a successor is appointed. Kerrest joining Intelsat in February 2016 and played a key role in completing Intelsat’s US$15.5 billion in debt and equity transactions, helping to achieve an improved capital structure for the company. “On behalf […]

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, […]

Intelsat celebrates successful satellite launches

Satellite communications firm Intelsat has announced the launch of two satellites from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. The first is the Horizons 3e satellite, a joint venture between Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT that will bring high throughput satellite solutions in both C-and Ku-bands to Asia and the Pacific Ocean region. The […]

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, […]

Intelsat strikes new deal with Telenor for 1° West

Satellite operators Intelsat and Telenor Satellite have agreed to extend their partnership at the 1° West orbital slot. Intelsat has taken additional capacity on the Thor 5 and Thor 7 satellites, providing it with space to grow its DTH business in central and eastern Europe. Intelsat said that the agreement would enable it to support […]

Intelsat sees opportunity in OTT TV with hybrid delivery

Continued growth from emerging markets, including from platforms targeting the diaspora market, and the emergence of linear OTT services can provide opportunities for satellite operators to continue to stay relevant in the video business despite an overall trend towards IP delivery and away from broadcast, according to Rob Cerbone, VP and general manager of media […]

Intelsat reports Q4 loss of US$90m

Intelsat reported revenue of US$538.1 million, adjusted EBITDA of US$416 million and a net loss of US$90.0 million in its fourth quarter.   Announcing the results, Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler said that the revenue and adjusted EBITDA figures were in line with the company’s 2017 annual guidance. “In delivering on our expectation for Adjusted EBITDA for the year, […]

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 […]