FCC Completes First Auction of 3.5 GHz Spectrum for 5G
The FCC today announced the conclusion of auction 105, which sold the rights to 70 MHz of new licensed spectrum near 3.5 GHz for 5G service. 20,625 licenses for specific frequencies and geographic areas were sold for over $4.6 billion in total. The frequencies involved are within 3.55–3.65 GHz. Details of which companies won which licenses will be released by the FCC in a few days. 3.5 GHz is also known as "mid-band" spectrum, which has properties that should allow 5G service to offer a good balance of speed and coverage. Auction 105 is the first of several by the FCC to auction off 3.5 GHz spectrum for 5G. The next, auction 107, starts in December, for the 3.7–3.98 GHz portion of the C-band. An additional swath at a slightly lower frequency (3.45–3.55 GHz) was announced just two weeks ago.
Sep 2, 2020
The FCC today published the winners of the recent Auction 105 for part of the 3.5 GHz band. Verizon shelled out $1.9 billion for 557 licenses covering 157 counties, likely covering major cities.
Jan 7, 2018
AT&T is selling $1 billion worth of recently-acquired radio spectrum licenses to an obscure Virginia company, according to documents filed recently with the FCC. The spectrum in question is all (or nearly all) of the 600 MHz (band 71) licenses that AT&T acquired in an FCC auction just one year ago.
Jul 10, 2019
At today's FCC meeting, the Commission voted to approve two actions that will open up four radio frequency bands to new 5G service. Three of the bands are ultra-high mmWave frequencies near 40 GHz, while the fourth is mid-band, near 2.5 GHz.
Jun 3, 2019
The FCC today announced the results of its recent auctions of mmWave radio bands for 5G services. AT&T and T-Mobile were the big winners, both scoring 24 GHz licenses covering most major US cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Houston, Seattle, Boston, Dallas, Miami, Phoenix, Atlanta, Detroit, San Diego, Orlando, Minneapolis-St.
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