Eutelsat Partners with Intelsat and SES in U.S. C-Band Spectrum Proposal

Leading global satellite operators Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), SES
(Euronext Paris: SESG) and Eutelsat (Euronext Paris: ETL) announced
today that they are aligned on a market-based proposal for the future
use of the lower C-band spectrum in the U.S. Eutelsat has agreed to join
the breakthrough proposal initiated by Intelsat, Intel and SES.

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Eutelsat Partners with Intelsat and SES in U.S. C-Band Spectrum Proposal (Graphic: Business Wire)

The market-based proposal was developed in response to a proceeding
initiated by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The
proposal reflects the unique U.S. telecommunications environment and
aims to protect the quality and reliability of the extensive services
provided by satellite operators in the C-band spectrum to U.S.
broadcasters, media, and data companies. The proposal establishes a
commercial and technical framework that would enable terrestrial mobile
operators to quickly access spectrum in the 3,700 to 4,200 MHz frequency
band in the U.S., speeding the deployment of next-generation 5G services.

C-band spectrum plays an essential role in the U.S. broadcasting
ecosystem, delivering seamless distribution of video and audio
programming to more than 100 million U.S. households, and reliably
providing critical data connectivity in rural areas and emergency
situations, as well as services delivered to the U.S. government.

The proposal specifies the use of a consortium, which is open to all
satellite operators delivering services in the C-band downlink
frequencies in any part of the lower 48 United States. The consortium
will oversee the governance of the initiative, define and implement the
methodology for spectrum clearance, and serve as the sole interface for
market-based transactions with parties interested in deploying
terrestrial mobile services in specific portions of the C-band.

With Eutelsat joining the proposal, the three satellite operators will
continue to work with customers, other stakeholders, and the FCC on the
market-based proposal. The next phase of this effort will begin with the
FCC’s planned adoption of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Thursday,
July 12. Intelsat, SES, and Eutelsat together represent a very
substantial majority of the relevant satellite C-band spectrum in use in
the U.S.

“We are pleased to be joining this proposal which aims to create fair
conditions for the shared use of C-band with mobile operators in the
U.S. while protecting the quality of services provided to our customers
over the long term,” said Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat. “By joining
this collaborative process, we will be able to advance our interests and
those of our clients and contribute to the momentum of the initiative.”

In a joint statement, Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler and SES President
and CEO Steve Collar said: “We are pleased to have Eutelsat join
Intelsat and SES in this endeavor, demonstrating that the industry is
able to unite, collaborate and fully implement our market-driven
proposal. Our solution is the only one which will maintain the high
quality of the hundreds of incumbent services operating in the C-band
today, protect the significant investments in space and ground
infrastructure delivering these crucial services while also supporting
the U.S. goal of accelerating the 5G era.”

About Intelsat

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world’s first Globalized Network,
delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services
anywhere in the world. Intelsat’s Globalized Network combines the
world’s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure,
managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable
customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network
services. Thousands of organizations serving billions of people
worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity,
multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and
seamless mobility services. The end result is an entirely new world, one
that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries
and transform the ways in which we live. For more information, visit

About SES

SES is the world’s leading satellite operator with over 70 satellites in
two different orbits, Geostationary Orbit (GEO) and Medium Earth Orbit
(MEO). It provides a diverse range of customers with global video
distribution and data connectivity services through two business units:
SES Video and SES Networks. SES Video reaches over 351 million TV homes,
through Direct-to-Home (DTH) platforms and cable, terrestrial, and IPTV
networks globally. The SES Video portfolio includes MX1, a leading media
service provider offering a full suite of innovative services for both
linear and digital distribution, and the ASTRA satellite system, which
has the largest DTH television reach in Europe. SES Networks provides
global managed data services, connecting people in a variety of sectors
including telecommunications, maritime, aeronautical, and energy, as
well as governments and institutions across the world. The SES Networks
portfolio includes GovSat, a 50/50 public-private partnership between
SES and the Luxembourg government, and O3b, the only non-geostationary
system delivering fibre-like broadband services today. Further
information is available at:

About Eutelsat Communications

Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s leading
satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated
ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data,
Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate
effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. Over
6,800 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast
by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or
connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices
and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat assembles 1,000 men and women
from 46 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of

Eutelsat Communications is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange
(ticker: ETL).

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