SES says ‘yes, maybe’ to Intelsat C-band proposal; Eutelsat, Speedcast want seat at table

by Peter B. de Selding


WASHINGTON — Satellite fleet operator SES said it's willing to consider an Intelsat-Intel proposal to permit terrestrial-mobile networks to use, in selected U.S. metropolitan areas, C-band radio spectrum now reserved for satellites in return for a reimbursement of costs to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

But SES warned that the deal would cost “billions of dollars” to clear the spectrum, including not only in rearranging its network of Earth stations, but also in launching new satellites that would be necessary to make the frequencies available . . .

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