SES & Luxembourg sign concession deal with 3-year waiver for C-band clearing costs, and a new space fund

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator SES has won a three-year reprieve from paying concession fees to its host government, Luxembourg, as compensation for the cost of clearing part of its C-band spectrum for use by 5G terrestrial networks in Luxembourg.

Under the agreement, SES will be exempt from the annual concession fee of 1 million euros ($1.1 million) between mid-2022 through 2024 as it moves its broadcast customers using frequencies at 3.8 GHz or below to higher frequencies to avoid interference from 5G transmissions.

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