Intelsat Commits to FCC’s 5G Spectrum Transition Efforts; Stephen Spengler Quoted

Stephen Spengler
Stephen Spengler

Intelsat has submitted to the Federal Communications Commission a transition plan for telecommunications customers in line with the agency’s directive to repurpose the 20-megahertz spectrum for 5G communications.

The McLean, Va.-based telecom company said Tuesday it filed a written commitment to the FCC in support of the latter's goal of moving customers from the 3.7-gigahertz band to 4.2 GHz or the C-band spectrum.

Intelsat plans to collaborate with customers and other partners over the next few months to relocate antennas for satellite communications services and integrate signal-blocking filters to accommodate 5G networks.

The company intends to perform work at ground stations across the continental U.S. as part of the effort.

Stephen Spengler, CEO of Intelsat, said the company has a “decades-deep institutional knowledge" in C-band operations and is committed to supporting efforts to provide uninterrupted services to over 100M Americans.

Previously, Intelsat filed a petition for reconsideration to the FCC to limit C-band spectrum changes to prevent interference following transition activities as well as disruptions to satellite operations.

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