Satellite C-Band Alliance plays the China card with the FCC

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite fleet operators that once dismissed terrestrial networks’ lobbying for C-band as a 5G option, saying there were better spectrum alternatives, now say their C-band spectrum is “essential” if U.S. terrestrial networks are to beat China in the race to 5G deployment.

The C-Band Alliance and its two principal members, Intelsat and SES, made liberal use of the China card in a Jan. 30 meeting with Federal Communications Commissioner (FCC) Michael O’Rielly.

In keeping with FCC procedures, the alliance published a summary of . . .

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