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Eutelsat Exits C-Band Alliance

PARIS—Eutelsat, one of four satellite firms that make up the C-Band Alliance announced today that it is withdrawing from the organization. The C-Band Alliance, which includes remaining members Intelsat, Telesat and SES, advocate a private auction of C-band spectrum for 5G.

The company did not state why it was resigning, only saying that it wished to “take a direct active part in the discussions on C-band clearing and repurposing.”

The remaining members said Eutelsat’s departure won’t change a thing.

“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,” CBA said in a statement. “The remaining members of the CBA, which represent approximately 95% of the affected revenues of the U.S. 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.”

Tom has covered the broadcast technology market for the past 25 years, including three years handling member communications for the National Association of Broadcasters followed by a year as editor of Video Technology News and DTV Business executive newsletters for Phillips Publishing. In 1999 he launched digitalbroadcasting.com for internet B2B portal Verticalnet. He is also a charter member of the CTA's Academy of Digital TV Pioneers. Since 2001, he has been editor-in-chief of TV Tech (www.tvtech.com), the leading source of news and information on broadcast and related media technology and is a frequent contributor and moderator to the brand’s Tech Leadership events.