Intelsat Completes C-Band Spectrum Clearing for 5G Deployment
Intelsat, operator of one of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks and leading provider of inflight connectivity, will receive nearly $3.7 billion in the fourth quarter after completing C-band frequency clearing, providing future strategic opportunities for the company and its shareholders.
“Intelsat’s C-band transition facilitates broader 5G services in the United States, while strengthening our financial position,” said Dave Wajsgras, CEO at Intelsat. “We reached this milestone well ahead of expectations, and I’m exceptionally proud of the Intelsat team and the hard work that led to this remarkable achievement.”
The FCC C-Band Transition Order set a deadline to clear the spectrum by December 2025 but offered incentive payments to satellite operators if cleared before December 2023. With the validated certification now complete, Intelsat will receive accelerated relocation payments totaling $3.67 billion.
“Half of these proceeds will be used to deleverage our balance sheet, consistent with our debt covenants, while the remainder provides Intelsat with various options to create value and opportunities for all of our stakeholders,” Wajsgras said. “The Intelsat team is well positioned to remain a leader in the satellite communications industry as we continue transforming the company for the future.”
Intelsat’s global team of professionals is focused on providing seamless and secure, satellite-based communications to government, NGO and commercial customers through the company’s next-generation worldwide network and managed services. Bridging the digital divide by operating one of the world’s largest and most advanced satellite fleet and connectivity infrastructures, Intelsat enables people and their tools to speak over oceans, see across continents and listen through the skies to communicate, cooperate and coexist. Since its founding six decades ago, the company has been synonymous with satellite-industry “firsts” in service to its customers and the planet. Leaning on a legacy of innovation and focusing on addressing a new generation of challenges Intelsat team members now have their sights on the “next firsts” in space as they disrupt the field and lead in the digital transformation of the industry.
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