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FCC sets out 5G spectrum auction plans

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comment on proposed application and bidding procedures for the auctions of the 28 GHz and 24 GHz spectrum bands to promote the development of 5G technology, the internet of things, and other advanced spectrum-based services. It proposes to offer about 6,000 licences through two auctions. Bidding in Auction 101 (28 GHz) will commence on 14 November 2018.  Bidding in Auction 102 (24 GHz) will start immediately after the conclusion of Auction 101. The FCC also proposes to have separate application filing windows for the auctions and seeks comment on whether to apply certain auction rules, e.g. prohibition on certain communications, across both auctions. Democrat commissioner, Jessica Roswenworcel, stated: “If our experience with wireless technology cycles has shown us anything, it is that being there in the beginning matters. After trailing our European counterparts in the rollout of 3G mobile services we were the first to deploy the next generation – 4G. That leadership paid dividends. An entire ecosystem of devices, operating systems, and services grew up around our networks and this mobile activity. Of course, we can’t rest on our laurels. That is why it is troubling that this agency has watched as South Korea, Germany, Australia, the UK and Romania have already announced plans for 5G auctions. China also has big plans in the works with significant amounts of mid-band and high-band spectrum already identified for 5G. Today, thankfully, this agency takes steps to put ourselves back in the running.”

  • Thursday, 26 April 2018

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