AWS Spectrum Auction Ends
Sep 19, 2006, 12:47 AM by (staff)
After 161 rounds of bidding over 28 days, the FCC has closed this summer's auction of radio spectrum for 3G services. The auction - also known as Auction 66 - raised $13.7 billion dollars for the government. T-Mobile spent $4.2 billion for licenses covering nearly the whole country. Leap (who offers flat-rate service under the Cricket brand) and an affiliated bidder won licenses covering 176 million people. MetroPCS won licenses covering more than 144 million people. Sprint Nextel's joint venture with several cable companies came away with spectrum covering 267 million potential customers, costing $2.4 billion. Verizon Wireless spent $2.8 billion for 20 MHz of spectrum covering the U.S. east of the Mississippi River, plus additional licenses in Louisiana, Hawaii and Arkansas. Cingular won regional licenses in the West and Central United States, plus spectrum in markets such as Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Boston, Dallas - Ft. Worth and Atlanta. Dobson bid $65.9 million on 85 licenses. A company backed by U.S. Cellular, won spectrum in markets such as Tulsa, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and a regional Mississippi Valley license.
AT&T, Verizon Dominate AWS-3 Auction
The FCC today published a list of companies that placed winning bids for the AWS-3 spectrum auction. The FCC auctioned off 1,600 licenses, for which 70 companies were competing.
AWS-3 Auction Slows as Bids Near $42 Billion
The FCC today made another change to how participants in the AWS-3 spectrum auction place their bids. Before round 68, interested parties had to make bids on 80% of the licenses for which they were eligible.
FCC Says AWS-3 Bidding Reaches $12 Billion
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel today said the government has received bids totaling $12 billion for AWS-3 spectrum licenses. The auction kicked off November 13 with a reserve price of $10.6 billion.
Dish's Designated Entities Give Up 197 Spectrum Licenses
Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless LicenseCo surrendered 197 AWS-3 spectrum licenses and paid a $413 million fine to the FCC for defaulting on their $3.3 billion payment. Dish Networks participated in this year's auction through Northstar and SNR.
AWS-3 Spectrum Auction Over, Bids Total $44.89 Billion
The FCC today said Auction 97, which covered blocks of spectrum in the AWS-3 band, is now over. It received a final bid today for the 1695-1710MHz unpaired spectrum band just a day after it closed bids for the G, H, I, and J paired spectrum blocks.
How well did T-Mobile do?
Sprint got the best deal it seems
Hmm... I wonder if this was the 4G spectrum sprint needed, or maybe the TV broadcast spectrum for DVBH (or similar technologies)??
... I wonder if this was the 4G spectrum sprint needed, or maybe the TV broadcast spectrum for DVBH (or similar technologies)??
Neither. That spectrum is already allocated.
Sprint Nextel already has the 2.5 GHz spectrum th...
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