Table of Contents - February 20, 2019

Intelsat CEO Defends CBA Plan, Blasts T-Mobile Auction Proposal

Intelsat S.A. Chief Executive Officer Stephen Spengler today defended the C-Band Alliance's market-based plan to repurpose 200 megahertz of spectrum in the 3.7-4.2 gigahertz band for terrestrial 5G services and criticized T-Mobile US, Inc.'s revised incentive auction proposal for the C-band.

"Our proposal protects our current C-band users' networks in all respects," Mr. Spengler told analysts during a call this morning to announce Intelsat's fourth-quarter and full-year 2018 financial results. "It enables the U.S. to accelerate the technical innovation and economic benefits that will accompany the 5G era. Clearing C-band spectrum is a complex endeavor. This complexity is what gives us confidence in the strength of our proposal. The CBA proposal is the only one before the FCC that includes an interference mitigation plan. This key element of our proposal is supported by detailed, cross-sector technical analyses demonstrating the feasibility of 5G-satellite service coexistence."

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