FCC reveals 5G mmWave auction participants

11 Oct 2018

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received a total of 110 applications from bidders interested in taking part in November’s dual auctions of 5G-suitable millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum. Auction 101, which is scheduled to begin on 14 November 2018, will offer 3,072 Upper Microwave Flexible Use Service (UMFUS) licences in the 27.5GHz–28.35GHz (28GHz) band, while Auction 102, which will be scheduled to commence after the conclusion of bidding in Auction 101, will offer 2,909 UMFUS licenses in the 24.25GHz-24.45GHz and 24.75GHz–25.25GHz (24GHz) band.

A total of 26 complete applications have been received for Auction 101, with a further 24 applications currently listed as incomplete. AT&T Mobility – bidding as AT&T Spectrum Frontiers LLC – is the sole household name with a completed application. Incomplete applications have been lodged by the likes of Verizon Wireless (bidding as Cellco Partnership), Frontier Communications, Windstream Communications, US Cellular and T-Mobile US.

Meanwhile, 34 complete applications have been received for Auction 102, alongside 26 incomplete applications. Complete applications have been filed by AT&T, Verizon and Cox Communications, alongside Guam-based DOCOMO Pacific and TeleGuam Holdings. Incomplete applications have been lodged by the likes of Frontier Communications, Windstream, US Cellular and T-Mobile US.

Incomplete applications for both auctions can be resubmitted by 23 October, the FCC notes.