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FCC goes for incentive auction for 5G spectrum

The FCC has published more on its plans to hold a major 5G spectrum auction in 2019 by adopting new rules that will promote the availability of high-band millimetre wave spectrum for the next generation of wireless connectivity. The airwaves in the combined upper 37 GHz and 39 GHz bands are the largest amount of contiguous spectrum available for wireless service in the millimetre wave bands – 2,400 MHz in total – while the 47 GHz band provides an additional 1,000 MHz of spectrum. The Fourth Report and Order modifies the band plans for the upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz bands from 200 MHz blocks to 100 MHz blocks to be licensed by “partial economic area”, which will facilitate the simultaneous auction of licenses in the three bands. The order also adopts an incentive auction mechanism that will offer contiguous blocks of spectrum throughout the upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz bands, while preserving spectrum usage rights for existing licensees, and adopts a pre-auction process that allows incumbent licensees to rationalise their holdings. The incentive auction will have two phases: a clock phase in which bidders may bid on generic licence blocks, and an assignment phase in which clock phase winners may bid on specific frequencies. Incentive payments will be offered to incumbents who choose to relinquish their spectrum usage rights to make new licenses available. Read more

  • Tuesday, 18 December 2018

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