October 1, 2018 – Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat, and Telesat announced the creation of a consortium called the C-Band Alliance, or CBA, in a move that could accelerate making mid-band spectrum available for 5G services. The CBA is designed to act as a facilitator as described in a recent U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proceeding featuring the companies’ market-based proposal to clear a portion of C-band spectrum in the United States. The formation of the CBA is a significant achievement and demonstrates the industry alignment necessary to make this mid-band spectrum available quickly, thus supporting the U.S. objective of winning the race to introduce terrestrial 5G services.