C-Band Alliance increases FCC proposal for spectrum repurposing

The C-Band Alliance (CBA) has announced that up to 200 MHz of mid-band (C-band downlink) spectrum could be cleared, dependent upon demand, under its updated proposal to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opening new spectrum to support 5G wireless deployment while protecting current users, the company said.

This updated commitment will be reflected in comment filings due October 29 under the FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) proceeding. The proposal increases by 80% the amount of spectrum that could be made available for 5G terrestrial use as compared to the initial proposal made by Intelsat and SES.

The CBA, the entity that will be able to facilitate safe and efficient clearing and repurposing of C-band downlink spectrum, was formed by Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat and Telesat, the continental US satellite services operators. The group´s proposal is the only one that balances the needs to protect the C-band user community, which includes television and radio programming distribution to over 100 million US homes, as well as private commercial and government media and data networks with the strong public interest need for rapid 5G network deployment across the US

The C-Band Alliance, or CBA, was established by Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat and Telesat to implement the safe and efficient clearing and repurposing of C-band spectrum, supporting the United States in its goal of leadership in 5G deployment and innovation. While implementing the breakthrough, market-based proposal to clear spectrum, the CBA will also protect the quality and reliability of existing C-band services, providing current users certainty and operational integrity.