SES, 3 days early, confirms to FCC it will clear C-band spectrum in pursuit of $3.97 billion in auction proceeds

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator SES formally notified the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that it will take part in the accelerated C-band clearing process that, if successful, will result in $3.97 billion in payment following a December 2020 auction of the spectrum.

SES said it expects to sign, within weeks, contracts for the construction of six satellites and the launch of at least four of them to meet the FCC’s C-band clearing mandate.

Luxembourg-based SES said “the vast majority . . .

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