FCC Chair Outlines 5G Auction Plan
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. The auction for the 28 GHz band would start November 14th, with the 24GHz auction to follow "immediately afterward". A unified auction for the 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz bands would happen in the second half of 2019. The plan also calls for dividing up the 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz bands into uniform 100 MHz license blocks, so they can more easily be auctioned together. A "cleanup" of the 39 GHz band would precede the latter auction. The 39 GHz band is currently used for point-to-point microwave, including wireless backhaul for mobile networks. The plan will be voted on at the FCC's August 2nd meeting.
T-Mobile Says It Will Start Using 600 MHz Spectrum This Year
Apr 13, 2017
"T-Mobile now has the largest swath of unused low-band spectrum in the country," said T-Mobile CEO John Legere about the company's 600 MHz auction winnings. The company successfully won an average of 31 MHz (ranging between 20 MHz and 50 MHz) of the 70 MHz low-band spectrum auctioned off by TV stations and the FCC.
CTIA, CCA Want All Millimeter Spectrum Bands Auctioned Off Together
May 14, 2018
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.
T-Mobile to Deploy 5G On 600 MHz Spectrum Starting in 2019
May 2, 2017
T-Mobile today said it plans to use some of its recently acquired 600 MHz spectrum to support a future 5G network. The company successfully won an average of 31 MHz (ranging between 20 MHz and 50 MHz) of the 70 MHz low-band spectrum auctioned off by TV stations and the FCC earlier this year.
FCC Targeting November 5G Auction for 28 GHz
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.
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