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Satellite sector has its keys in Band C and Intelsat and OneWeb decline

Yesterday Intelsat announced that it will subject to Chapter 11 in the United States, just as OneWeb did in March. Intelsat has financial difficulties and indebtedness, but it also faces the double dilemma in the face of the FCC's imposition to sell band C licenses for satellites and allocate them to mobile services.  

Two companies in the satellite segment that are very different from each other seem to share their destinations in recent years: Intelsat, a traditional operator of GEO, and OneWeb, created exclusively to innovate in LEO, tried a merger that was frustrated in 2017 and today they share the proximity of bankruptcy. 

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