FCC OK’s Some Millimeter Wave 5G Spectrum Auction Applications


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UPDATE The FCC tentatively approved some of the largest spectrum allocation applications for flexible-use licenses in the upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz bands. Companies bid on the licenses in Auction 103 in March. The Spectrum Frontiers auction was the agency’s largest 5G spectrum auction for future wireless use to-date.

The applications from the top bidders — Straight Path Spectrum, FiberTower Spectrum Holdings and T-Mobile — were initially approved last week by the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. The auction made 3,400 MHz of millimeter-wave spectrum available. 

The Commission received a total of $7,558,703,201 in net bids, with 28 bidders winning a total of 14,142 of 14,144, or more than 99.9 percent, of available licenses. Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile were big winners.

The long-form applications listed in Attachment A have been found, upon initial review, to be acceptable for filing. The Commission may return or dismiss the applications, however, if they’re found to be defective or not in conformance with the FCC’s rules. The bureau is still reviewing the long-form applications of other winning bidders.  

Petitions to deny must be filed [to docket 19-59] no later than May 11.

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