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WASHINGTON—FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that the opening of C-band spectrum for 5G services will go ahead on an accelerated timeline, having received commitments from all eligible satellite operators to meet the necessary deadlines. When the FCC announced the C-band transition plan in February that require existing satellite to operators repack their operations in the C-band’s upper 200 MHz—leaving 280 MHz for flexible use and a 20 MHz guard band—it provided five eligible space station operators serving the U. S. the opportunity to clear the lower 300 MHz on an accelerated timeline in exchange for accelerated relocation payments. In a public notice, the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has said that the five operators—Eutelsat, Intelsat, SES, Star One and Telesat—have committed to the plan and that they have met the 80% threshold for clearing commitments, officially triggering the accelerated timeline. Under the new timeline, the operators must clear 120 MHz of spectrum in 46 Partial Economic Areas by Dec.
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