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Eutelsat Prefers Direct Involvement as it Withdraws From C-Band Alliance


September 03, 2019

Eutelsat announces its withdrawal from the C-Band Alliance (“CBA”), which has been formally notified to the CBA members today.

It appears thsat Eutelsat was not aligned with other members and the CBA leadership team on certain matters. In this context, leaving the CBA is the best way to have a direct involvement and to represent the interests of Eutelsat and its stakeholders in this C-band process.

As a reminder, the CBA is an organization tasked with the clearing and repurposing of C-band spectrum to make a portion of this band available for 5G services in the United States.

Eutelsat wishes to take a direct active part in the discussions on C-band clearing and repurposing.

Meanwhile,

C-Band Alliance members Intelsat, SES, and Telesat are fully committed to the market-based approach for clearing C-band spectrum in the U.S.

The C-Band Alliance notes the statement of Eutelsat issued to withdraw from the Alliance. The CBA remains committed to delivering its expeditious, market-based proposal and the departure of Eutelsat does not impact the CBA’s ability to do so. The remaining members of the CBA, which represent approximately 95% of the affected revenues of the US C-band market, are aligned and committed to the process of engaging with the FCC on the proposal of rapidly clearing C-band spectrum to support the deployment of 5G services in the U.S.

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