Pressured by FCC, C-Band Alliance agrees to cede 300 MHz at auction; says spectrum transition will cost ~ $3 billion

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The C-Band Alliance of satellite operators selling C-band capacity in the United States bowed to U.S. regulatory pressure — and to advances in video-compression technology — and added another 100 MHz to the spectrum they are willing to sell to 5G terrestrial wireless operators at auction.

Including a 20-MHz guard band to protect the remaining satellite C-band spectrum from interference by more-powerful 5G terrestrial broadcasts, the operators are now willing to part with 300 MHz of the 500 MHz to which they now have exclusive . . .

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