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C-Band Alliance reiterates 200 MHz is the ‘right number’ at 3.7-4.2 GHz

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In case there was any doubt whether the C-Band Alliance (CBA) is interested in freeing up more than the 200 megahertz of spectrum they’re already volunteering to offer, the organization’s head of advocacy and government relations made it pretty clear during a panel Tuesday that that’s not going to happen.

Mobile industry stakeholders, like Nokia, have pointed out that the real value of the 3.7-4.2 GHz band is the potential of offering 100 megahertz of spectrum per carrier, which is the amount that makes it most valuable for 5G. In the C-band, satellite operators have access to a full 500 megahertz of spectrum there.

 

But the C-Band Alliance, whose members include the four satellite entities currently using the band—Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat and Telesat—are only voluntarily offering up 200 of the 500 megahertz to mobile carriers interested in using it for 5G. That’s leaving a lot of observers to question whether they might be able to find more.