Intelsat rejects $1.8 billion SES claim for C-band clearing payments

WASHINGTON — Intelsat rejected a $1.8 billion claim filed by SES regarding the breakup of the C-Band Alliance, arguing instead that SES’s action cost Intelsat more than $1.6 billion in potential C-band clearing payments.

SES filed the claim in July in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, where Intelsat filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May. SES argued that Intelsat violated the agreement among the members of the C-Band Alliance in February, when it lobbied the Federal Communications Commission for a larger share of the payments it is offering to satellite operators for clearing a portion of C-band spectrum for terrestrial 5G services.

The FCC order for the C-band clearing process provided Intelsat with $4.87 billion in accelerated relocation payments if it can clear its spectrum by December 2023, and $3.97 billion to SES. In its claim, SES said it was seeking $450 million in payments that

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