C-Band Phase II Countdown
Successfully Clearing the C-band Spectrum
Clearing 300 MHz of C-band spectrum is a monumental technical, operational, and commercial task that will take close coordination and cooperation of our customers and their downlink or affiliate earth stations. Intelsat is committed to working with our customers and affected earth stations to ensure the same or better quality of service throughout the clearing process.
The overall schedule for the clearing effort is based on the Accelerated Relocation phases outlined in the FCC’s Report & Order.
In order to meet the Phase I Accelerated Relocation Deadline, Intelsat was required to repack any existing services and relocate associated Incumbent Earth Stations throughout the contiguous United States into the upper 380 megahertz of the C-band (3820-4200 MHz), and also provide passband filters to block terrestrial signals from the 3700-3820 MHz band to associated Incumbent Earth Stations in 46 of the top 50 Partial Economic Areas (PEAs) by December 5, 2021.
In order to meet the Phase II Accelerated Relocation Deadline, Intelsat was required to repack any existing services and relocate associated Incumbent Earth Stations throughout the contiguous United States into the upper 200 megahertz of the C-band (4000-4200 MHz), and provide passband filters to block terrestrial signals from the 3700-4000 MHz band to all associated Incumbent Earth Stations in the contiguous United States by December 5, 2023.
On September 30, 2021, Intelsat filed an updated Transition Plan with the FCC. The Transition Plan filing describes in detail our approach to clearing the spectrum, the various bodies of work required, and the processes we expect to follow with our customers, their downlink or affiliate earth stations and other stakeholders. Intelsat updated its Transition Plan primarily to bring current the list of claimed incumbent earth stations and to also incorporate the necessary changes from the FCC’s updated Incumbent Earth Station List.
The customer specific migration plans can be found in Section 6 of Intelsat’s Transition Plan and is updated in each of Intelsat’s Quarterly Status Reports. An Excel version of the final customer migration plan can be downloaded here (Updated May 3, 2023).
Intelsat performed outreach to earth stations operators to confirm whether or not they receive Intelsat services via satellite and to gather additional technical and operational details that allowed Intelsat to scope and plan the required work to transition each Incumbent Earth Station that Intelsat claims as included in Intelsat’s Transition Plan as a part of this process. Intelsat claimed an Incumbent Earth Station when it has confirmed that it receives services from an Intelsat satellite. Intelsat publishes an updated list of claimed Incumbent Earth Stations, as well as highlight any changes in that list, in each Quarterly Status Report filing with the FCC. Intelsat’s latest Quarterly Status Report was filed on March 31, 2023.
As of March 31, 2023, Intelsat has completed all required customer service transitions.
Quarterly Status Reports
Below are links to Intelsat’s Quarterly Status Reports filed with the FCC.
- Q1 2023 (Filed March 31, 2023)
- Q4 2022 (Filed December 22, 2022)
- Q3 2022 (Filed September 30, 2022)
- Q2 2022 (Filed June 30, 2022)
- Q1 2022 (Filed March 31, 2022)
- Q4 2021 (Filed December 29, 2021)
- Q3 2021 (Filed September 30, 2021)
- Q2 2021 (Filed June 30, 2021)
- Q1 2021 (Filed March 31, 2021)
- Q4 2020 (Filed December 28, 2020)