Eutelsat has announced that it has withdrawn from the C-Band Alliance (“CBA”).
It has formally notified all CBA members today.
The CBA was founded last October by Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat and Telecast. It is an organisation tasked with the clearing and repurposing of C-band spectrum to make a portion of this band available for 5G services in the United States.
In a press statement, Eutelsat said that it wishes to take a direct active part in the discussions on C-band clearing and repurposing.
During a July 31 earnings call, Eutelsat CEO Rodolphe Belmer said the C-Band Alliance has not reached an agreement on a voluntary contribution to the US Treasury if the FCC chooses its spectrum plan. Belmer said the C-Band Alliance also lacks internal consensus on the details of a voluntary contribution to the US Treasury from a spectrum sale.