SES and Eutelsat Reach Final Settlement of Long-running Spectrum Dispute
The two commercial satellite fleet operators, SES and Eutelsat, on January 30 said their long-running dispute about rights to 500 megahertz of spectrum over the heart of Europe had been definitively concluded with an SES victory but a less-than-expected cost to Eutelsat.
SES will continue to have rights to the spectrum at 28.5 degrees east that it had taken from Eutelsat last October following a German court ruling and pending a final settlement.
Eutelsat had challenged the SES claim to the spectrum at the International Chamber of Commerce in October 2012. That body had not yet issued a final ruling. However, the January 30 agreement between the two sides ends the arbitration in SES’s favor.
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