CTIA, CCA Want All Millimeter Spectrum Bands Auctioned Off Together
Two of the country's largest wireless lobbying organizations have asked the FCC to consider auctioning off the 37, 39, and 42 GHz bands at the same time it auctions off the 24 GHz band. The agency believes the 24 GHz band is prime real estate for forthcoming 5G service, and it has a loose schedule for that auction. The CCA and CTIA point out that much of the work on 5G has concentrated on millimeter spectrum and thus it makes sense to auction these bands off together. The CTIA wants to see the auctions combined "to the extent that doing so would not cause substantial delay." At issue is the pace at which new spectrum is made available for 5G service. Holding individual auctions for each band could hold some companies hostage to the process, slowing their deployments. The CCA said that if the FCC won't combine all the millimeter bands into a single auction that it should at least consider auctioning off the 24 GHz and 47 GHz bands at the same time. For its part, the CTIA is worried about the Commission's anti-collusion rules. It has asked the agency to remove such rules from any auction for 5G spectrum. It believes the rules could tangle up post-auction agreements between carriers. The FCC hasn't responded publicly to the groups' requests.
Jul 13, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai this week announced his plan for auctioning off five specific swaths of millimeter-wave spectrum for 5G services. While industry leaders have been calling for one auction process, Pai is proposing three auctions between November and the end of 2019.
Jun 8, 2018
The FCC this week laid out plans to ensure that the country has enough spectrum prepared for 5G service. The agency published new rules for millimeter wave spectrum in the 24 GHz and 37 GHz bands.
Feb 27, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the agency will commence an auction for 28 GHz airwaves as soon as November. Pai expects the spectrum in question will be used for 5G.
Apr 17, 2018
The FCC hopes to commence two separate auctions for mmWave spectrum in November of this year. Auction 101 for 28 GHz licenses will kick off November 14, with Auction 102 for 24 GHz lenses to follow immediately thereafter.