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Bidders announced for US 5G mmWave auction

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It appears that three of the nation’s largest cable companies are not planning to bid on millimetre-wave spectrum licences in the FCC’s 5g spectrum auction, which starts on 14 November, reports Fierce Wireless. “The development likely stands as a major blow to the FCC as well as the network equipment vendors that were likely hoping to sell mmWave equipment to auction winners like Comcast and Charter. Interestingly, though, it appears that Cox – the nation’s third-largest cable operator is participating in the FCC’s spectrum auction. Further, many of the nation’s top wireless players – as well as a wide range of smaller wireless providers – are planning to participate. AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile all filed applications to bid on 28 GHz and 24 GHz spectrum licences. Sprint too appears to be planning to participate in the auction, as is Dish Network and US Cellular.” A wide range of smaller and rural wireless operators filed applications to bid, including Bluegrass Cellular, Union Wireless and Nsight’s Cellcom. A pair of wired telecom operators also signalled their interest in participating: Windstream and Frontier Communications, both of which are also testing or deploying fixed wireless services to expand their coverage into rural areas. A handful of venture capital companies, including Columbia Capital, have also filed applications to participate in the auctions. “Another surprising name on the FCC’s bidder list is satellite company Viasat. The same goes for Starry, which is a fixed wireless internet provider embarking on a major build-out across more than a dozen US metro areas… The absence of Comcast, Charter and Altice is particularly noteworthy considering all three companies have either launched mobile services through an MVNO or are planning to. Further, most of these cable companies voiced support for the FCC’s mmWave auction plans… That said, Comcast and Charter could still purchase spectrum at some point.” The FCC has also published a 5G action plan. Read more and here. See FCC 5G plan here.

  • Tuesday, 23 October 2018

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