First US 5G Spectrum Auction is Complete
The FCC's Auction 101 of licenses to operate in the 28 GHz radio frequency band has reached its conclusion. The Commission successfully auctioned 2,965 licenses, selling for a grand total of $702,572,410. The auction continued despite the ongoing government shutdown because the administration of such auctions is funded by auction proceeds. Auction 101 is tightly linked with Auction 102, for 24 GHz spectrum. Both frequency bands are expected to be used for mobile 5G service. Auction 102 will proceed imminently now that Auction 101 is over. The list of which companies won which licenses is secret until both auctions have concluded.
Jan 2, 2019
The FCC plans to suspend most of its operations on Thursday, Jan. 3rd, if the government shutdown continues.
Nov 14, 2018
The FCC today began auctioning off licenses for a total of 1.55 GHz of spectrum that's earmarked for 5G mobile service. Two auctions are on deck.
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.
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.