SES willing to explore Intelsat’s C-band plan

Satellite operator SES is willing to explore Intelsat and Intel’s plan to open the C-band (3700-4200 MHz) to 5G wireless networks. In a statement send to SpaceNews, SES spokesperson Markus Payer said SES is “open to exploring any approach to a joint use of C-band only if it meets two essential criteria: it must create appropriate financial incentives to justify the extremely high cost of such an approach, and it must ensure that we can continue to deliver services to our customers without any disruption.”

According to SpaceNews, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allots 500 MHz of C-band spectrum to satellite operators, who use it primarily for satellite television broadcasts. The total block designated as C-band goes from 3400 to 4200 MHz but the FCC has already divvied up the first 300 MHz between federal users and the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS).

SES said to the FCC that is evaluating Intelsat and Intel’s plan, but “does not agree that any such approach could apply to the entire 500 MHz C-band downlink allocation.”