The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that US satellite TV giant DISH Network – bidding under the ‘American H Block Wireless’ guise – walked away with all 176 licences up for grabs during the recently completed H-Block spectrum auction. The bidding process concluded last Thursday after more than a month of activity, and raised a total of USD1.564 billion for government coffers. Most of the wireless industry’s larger players passed on the H block frequencies, although notable bidders included nTELOS, Puerto Rico Telephone Company and TeleGuam.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the H block auction represented the regulator’s first major spectrum sale since 2008. The bidding process, which was designated as ‘Auction 96’, comprised frequencies in the 1915MHz-1920MHz (Lower H block) and 1995MHz-2000MHz (Upper H block) bands.