Advanced Television


SES vs Intelsat C-band hearing postponed

The long-running legal battle between SES and Intelsat over more than $400 million (€375.2m) which SES is claiming out of the sum received by Intelsat from the FCC’s compensation scheme for the reuse of C-band, has been postponed. A hearing initially set for April 24th has now been rescheduled for July 17th. SES is arguing […]

April 22, 2024By Chris Forrester

Intelsat responds to SES’s “bombastic brief”

SES might have received the FCC’s $3 billion (€2.76bn) in compensation for handing over its C-band satellite frequencies in October 2023. But the long-running arguments over how the FCC’s overall compensation was allocated continue to resonate between SES and Intelsat. Lawyers for SES filed their argument to Intelsat’s bankruptcy court on September 28th seeking about […]

November 15, 2023By Chris Forrester

Samsung, MediaTek claim 5G uplink breakthrough

Samsung Electronics and fabless semiconductor company MediaTek have completed the successful testing of 5G Standalone Uplink (UL) 2CC Carrier Aggregation (CA) with C-Band UL MIMO to reach top uplink speeds, marking what they say is a ground-breaking achievement in wireless mobile capabilities. This approach used three transmit (3Tx) antennas to improve upload experiences, ushering in […]

July 10, 2023

SES set to win Intelsat C-band claim

SES has won a significant step in its long-running action against Intelsat over how the FCC’s compensation for C-band is apportioned. A Delaware Appeal Court has reversed the decision made by Intelsat’s bankruptcy court which ruled out the claim from SES. The Appeal Court has directed the claim now go back to Intelsat’s Bankruptcy Court. […]

June 26, 2023By Chris Forrester

SES vs Intelsat: Appeal hearing March 20

The extremely long-running C-band legal action between the world’s two largest satellite operators, SES and Intelsat, is due in court next Monday, March 20th. SES is arguing that it is entitled to a 50 per cent share of the FCC’s compensation payments for the pair’s certain satellite C-band frequencies which the FCC subsequently auctioned off […]

March 16, 2023

SES 18/19 to launch March 17th

The two SES satellites needed to complete the company’s C-band replacements will launch on Friday, March 17th, subject to the usual last minute weather considerations, on a SpaceX rocket. The announcement was made at the Washington Satellite 2023 show. Built by Northrop Grumman, SES-18 and SES-19 are set to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. These […]

March 14, 2023By Chris Forrester

Class Action against Intelsat insiders

“Any reasonable person – and juror – would believe that there was insider trading” states a motion from lawyers for the Class Action against some Intelsat shareholders and the company chairman, Dave McGlade, provided their detailed claim for the Northern District of California Court. Their action is due to be heard on April 28th. The […]

March 6, 2023By Chris Forrester

SES revenues up 9.1%

SES returned to positive revenue growth in its full year results. The satellite telecommunications network provider is also now in its 2023 trading year, where the FCC’s long-awaited C-band ‘jam tomorrow’ promise becomes a $3 billion (€2.84bn) positive income. SES issued an impressive set of guidance numbers, including detail that SES-17 and its O3b mPOWER […]

February 27, 2023By Chris Forrester

SES, Intelsat expenses action suspended

SES has had a legal action running against Intelsat which asks for Intelsat to pay what SES alleged was Intelsat’s 50 per cent of the costs of running the C-Band Alliance. The action is paused while the larger legal action against Intelsat and where SES is suing for a 50/50 division of the FCC’s Accelerated […]

February 6, 2023

Intelsat clears C-band spectrum

Intelsat says it has cleared its C-band frequencies in accordance with the FCC’s agreement. Intelsat was the largest holder of C-band licenses over the US and migrating its share of the spectrum meant squeezing 60 percent of its capacity used mostly by broadcasters into the remaining 40 percent of capacity remaining on its satellites. At […]

February 1, 2023By Chris Forrester