Advanced Television


Judge says “no” to Intelsat stockholders

A hearing on March 17th before Judge Keith Phillips at his Intelsat bankruptcy court decided to deny certain stockholders any official voice in the upcoming Intelsat financial restructuring. The ad hoc group also wanted the court to determine which of the dozens of Intelsat businesses should receive the FCC’s C-band incentive payments. The group of […]

March 19, 2021By Chris Forrester

Canada’s C-band plan draws complaints

The world’s three-largest satellite operators are complaining to Canada’s government regarding its proposed restructuring of C-band spectrum for 5G adoption. In essence they are saying that they must be compensated for giving up their frequencies over Canada, and any Canadian scheme which only compensates Telesat would be a violation of trade agreements. The comments come […]

March 17, 2021

SES: ‘UHD expansion and more C-band opportunities’

During its results call with analysts, SES explained that its “unparalleled reach” continued to expand. Back in 2016, it reached some 325 million homes (more than a billion people) and was delivering about 7,741 channels. By Q3/2020 its channel count had expanded to 8,157, the Number 1 supplier of channels in the industry. Drilling down […]

February 26, 2021

FCC: C-band auction over

Jessica Rosenworcel, the FCC’s acting chair, says the 5G auction for new spectrum in the US has ended. “Stay tuned for the final results of this auction,” she tweeted. “We’ll make [the results] known through a Public Notice in a few days. Another big step forward for 5G.” She continued: “Congrats to the FCC’s outstanding […]

February 18, 2021By Chris Forrester

Report: 5G the “moonshot objective” for satellite

The world’s major satellite players are busy preparing for 5G. While much of the focus has been on the US, where some of their C-band frequencies have been auctioned off by the FCC, similar sell-offs are happening around the globe. A report from Northern Sky Research (NSR) says that direct satellite connectivity to mobile, at […]

February 18, 2021By Chris Forrester

SES vs Intelsat: $1.8bn C-band claim

More detail has emerged from Intelsat’s 195-page filing to its Chapter 11 bankruptcy court and addressing its plan to emerge from bankruptcy. Intelsat is looking for approval which would result in it cutting its debt obligations by about half from today’s near-$15 billion to $7 billion. The statement to the court includes and outlines the […]

February 17, 2021

Eutelsat lays out C-band strategy

Eutelsat, which is also involved in the restructuring of C-band frequencies over the US, has confirmed to the FCC that it will not be buying a dedicated C-band satellite to serve its North American clients. Eutelsat back in June had cautioned the FCC that an additional satellite might be needed – at a cost of […]

August 19, 2020By Chris Forrester

C-band: Intelsat to protect 20 transponders for OU

Intelsat’s submission to the FCC for its transition plan explains that its client list – in normal non-Covid times – requires a large slice of capacity to support Occasional Use (OU) and Contribution services. In 2019, without the problems of Covid-19, amounted to some 20 transponders-worth of bandwidth at maximum demand and supporting 16,000 C-band […]

August 19, 2020By Chris Forrester

SES chooses ULA & SpaceX for C-band launches

SES has made its decision for the upcoming launches for five of its planned C-band satellites. It has chosen the United Launch Alliance (ULA) to place two of its C-band satellites into orbit in 2022, whilst SpaceX gets an order for the launch of three C-band satellites. The ULA will use one of its giant […]

August 5, 2020By Chris Forrester

Harmonic sees significant C-band opportunity

Video delivery specialist Harmonic has identified what it describes as a “several hundred million dollar opportunity” to re-engineer the video delivery systems relating to the FCC-mandated reclamation of C-band satellite spectrum for 5G, suggesting it fits squarely into the “sweet spot” of Harmonic’s expertise and market relationships. Speaking on the company’s Q2 2020 Results Earnings […]

August 4, 2020By Colin Mann