Intelsat, SES say they’ll order 8 satellites immediately if FCC OKs C-band spectrum sharing plan

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS – Fleet operators Intelsat and SES have promised to order four C-band satellites each to be positioned over North America and to launch them within 36 months following U.S. regulatory approval of their plan to sell 200 MHz of C-band capacity to terrestrial wireless companies.

In a Dec. 19 submission to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the C-Band Alliance (CBA) – comprised of Eutelsat and Telesat in addition to Intelsat and SES – said Intelsat and SES would not be ordering these satellites unless . . .

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