Next Bidding for mmWave Spectrum Begins February 18


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UPDATE The FCC is ready to move to the next step in its mmWave auction. Bidding in the clock phase of the auction of upper Microwave Flexible Use Service licenses in the upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz and 47 GHz bands ended January 30 with gross bids of more than $7.5 billion.

Bidders that won at least one generic block of spectrum in one Partial Economic Area (PEA) in the clock phase of the auction are eligible—but not required—to participate in the assignment phase, in which they can place bids for specific frequency blocks.  Eligible bidders can log in to the assignment phase bidding system between 10 a.m. ET on February 11, and 12 noon ET on February 12, to download their assignment phase bidding options (based on their clock phase winnings), see the sequence and timing for the assignment rounds for all PEAs, and identify the assignment rounds in which they will be eligible to participate. 

At 1 p.m. ET on February 12, bidders will have access to the bidding system for the assignment phase mock auction. The agency will conduct a mock auction on February 13.  

The first round of assignment phase bidding will begin on February 18. The agency developed “Auction 103 Assignment Phase Bidding System User Guide,” which describes the system and provides detailed instructions for bidding and viewing results and payment information from the assignment phase. 

The Commission also made available an online tutorial for bidding in the assignment phase. The tutorial explains the structure of the assignment phase, the process for determining winning assignments and associated payments, and the calculation of final auction payments. The user guide, tutorial, file formats, and sample files are available in electronic form in the “Education” section of the Auction 103 website.

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