A total of 70 companies have qualified to bid in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) upcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction (‘Auction 97’), which is due to commence on 13 November, the watchdog has confirmed. Notable firms participating in the proceedings include AT&T Mobility (bidding as AT&T Wireless Services 3 LLC), DoCoMo Pacific, Puerto Rico Telephone Company, Teleguam Holdings and T-Mobile US. Verizon Wireless is bidding as Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless, while satellite TV giant DISH Network will bid under the name American AWS-3 Wireless. Sprint Corp had previously declared its intention to avoid the process.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in early October the FCC announced that a total of 80 companies had expressed an interest in the auction, although only 33 applications were classified as ‘complete’ at that time, with the bulk (47) of the submissions deemed ‘incomplete’ by the FCC.
The FCC will offer carriers 65MHz of frequencies in the 1695MHz-1710MHz, 1755MHz-1780MHz, and 2155MHz-2180MHz bands; 880 licences will be for the larger ‘Economic Area’ franchises, while the remaining 734 concessions will apply to smaller ‘Cellular Market Area’ franchises.